Pension Plan Breach Affects 100,000

Bank Account Info Potentially Exposed
Pension Plan Breach Affects 100,000

A New Mexico state employee pension plan is notifying approximately 100,000 members of a breach involving a stolen unencrypted laptop.

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The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico learned on June 13 that a laptop containing personal information on its members was stolen from the car of an employee of Atkinson & Co., a company hired to perform the association's annual audit.

Information stored on the laptop may have included names, addresses, financial institution routing numbers, account types, bank account numbers, payment amounts and association identification numbers, according to a release from the association.

"PERA is encouraging all members to protect themselves by placing a free fraud alert on their bank accounts," the press release says.

It's unclear whether PERA will be providing free credit monitoring services to affected members.

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Jeffrey Roman

Jeffrey Roman

News Writer, ISMG

Roman is the former News Writer for Information Security Media Group. Having worked for multiple publications at The College of New Jersey, including the College's newspaper "The Signal" and alumni magazine, Roman has experience in journalism, copy editing and communications.

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