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State lands $250K in data-breach settlement with Nationwide

Pennsylvania has recovered $248,830 as part of a national settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. that also calls for changes in the insurer's information policies, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro

The settlement with Nationwide and a subsidiary stems from a 2012 data breach caused by the insurer's alleged failure to apply a security patch, resulting in the loss of customer names, Social Security numbers, credit card data and other information, according to Shapiro's office.

Overall, the breach affected more than 1.2 million people, including about 36,000 in Pennsylvania. Not all were Nationwide customers. Some had given the company information to get insurance quotes, and the company retained the information.

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