American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association hack impacted more than 161,000

The American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, a non-profit organization in Virginia that provides insurance and benefits services to the military community, is notifying 161,621 individuals of a hacking incident.

On January 29, AAFMAA became aware of suspicious activity on its system. Their investigation revealed that an unauthorized party had first gained access to certain systems on January 28, and had viewed and/or removed certain files from the system.

AAFMAA concluded its investigation on February 20, having found that the information that could have been subject to unauthorized access or acquisition included individuals’ name, address, Social Security number and bank account information. They found no evidence of misuse (at least so far).

Written notification letters went out on March 5. In addition to providing information on how to protect themselves, AAFMAA is offering those affected 24 months of credit monitoring services.

The notification letter from Michael J. Meese, President of AAFMAA, concludes:

As you know, AAFMAA has served the military community with diligence and care through 142 years overcoming many significant challenges. Our commitment to you and your family remains steadfast, as always.  AAFMAA remains committed to safeguarding the information in our care and will continue to take steps to enhance the security of our systems. We will overcome this challenge and be a stronger Association, continuing to provide exceptional life insurance and other benefits for you and members of the American Armed Forces community.

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