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Cybercrime Data Breach Impacted 36,000, Prudential Says In Filing | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

The Newark-based finance company has begun notifying people impacted by the breach, which is being attributed to a “cybercrime group.”

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NEWARK, NJ — A data breach at New Jersey-based Prudential Financial may have impacted more than 36,000 people, according to recent filings.

Prudential, which has a headquarters in Newark, initially released information about the breach last month in a report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


According to the report, a “threat actor” gained unauthorized access to some of the company’s systems on Feb. 4.

“We believe that the threat actor, who we suspect to be a cybercrime group, accessed company administrative and user data from certain information technology systems and a small percentage of company user accounts associated with employees and contractors,” the report stated.

Prudential detected the breach the next day. Here’s what happened next, the report says:

“With assistance from external cybersecurity experts, we immediately activated our cybersecurity incident response process to investigate, contain and remediate the incident … We continue to investigate the extent of the incident, including whether the threat actor accessed any additional information or systems, to determine the impact of the incident. On the basis of the investigation to date, we do not have any evidence that the threat actor has taken customer or client data. We have reported this matter to relevant law enforcement and are informing regulatory authorities.”

Prudential added that the incident hasn’t had a material impact on its operations.

The data breach impacted 36,545 people in total, according to a recent notification filed with the Office of the Maine Attorney General.

The company has begun notifying people impacted by the breach.

“Importantly, we are not aware of fraud or misuse of your personal information resulting from this incident,” an outreach letter from the company says.

The letter continues:

“Prudential takes this incident and our responsibility to protect your personal information extremely seriously. As part of our response, we have worked with leading cybersecurity experts to confirm the unauthorized third party no longer has access to our company systems. We also have taken proactive measures to protect our systems and data, including enhancing access controls and security protocols, and implementing additional monitoring technologies and procedures, among other actions. We are also taking steps to strengthen our authentication protocols and help protect access to your account. While we are not aware of identity theft or fraud related to information affected by this incident, as an additional precaution, we are providing you with 24 months of complimentary credit monitoring services.”

State officials say there has been an “alarming increase” in the number of cyberattacks targeting the financial sector.

According to the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell, the sector was one of the top five most impacted by ransomware in 2023, with incidents including unavailable systems, disrupted operations, reputational damage and financial loss.

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