Nonstandard auto insurtech reports data breach

Bridger Insurance, a nonstandard auto insurtech based in California, says it discovered a data breach in September 2018.

The company contacted its third-party IT provider to address a network latency issue when the unusual activity was discovered. After an internal investigation, the server in question was shut down. The company also provides renters insurance and commercial auto.

Entrant Manfred Schweri and a guest sit inside a 1954 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV 8V automobile at the 2018 Concorso D'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy, on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The annual Concorso D'Eleganza is held at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, on the shores of the stunning Lake Como in northern Italy. Historic cars are vying for the coveted “Best of Show” prize, awarded to automobiles expressing beauty, passion, and uniqueness. This year’s event motto is “Hollywood on the Lake”. Photographer: Alberto Bernasconi/Bloomberg

An IT forensics team determined that names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver's license information, vehicle information and record histories, and prior insurance claims information was among the data exposed. Bridger is working to contact affected customers and is offering a year of identity monitoring and management via Transunion.

Bridger describes its goal to "simplify the transactional process of insurance for a new generation of users through mobile apps, telematics, and data analytics."

Correction/Clarification: A previous version of this article identified a vendor that works with Bridger. The vendor was not involved in the data breach.

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