Data breach exposes info on NY utility customers

Nearly 2 million customers of two New York-based utility companies have had personal data compromised in a data breach, Threat Post reports.

The New York State Public Service Commission said Jan. 23 that it was looking into an incident in which a software consulting firm employee gained unauthorized access to the databases of New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric. The contractor was working for Iberdrola USA, the parent company of both utilities, which together serve 1.8 million customers.

The breach exposed customers' Social Security numbers, birth dates and some account information, the commission said in a press release.

There has been no indication that the exposed data has been misused, but the utilities have sent their customers a notification about the breach as a precaution. In the letter, NYSEG and RG&E say they are conducting their own investigation into the matter. The utilities urge customers to monitor their credit and bank accounts carefully for any signs of fraud and say they are offering one year of free credit monitoring.

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