“Large number of” Brunswick Corporation employees being notified of W-2 data breach

Another day, another phishing for W-2 incident. WFRV reports that Mercury Marine issued a press release today stating that its parent company, Brunswick Corporation, had been a victim of an email phishing scam.

Brunswick, who had more than 13,000 employees globally in 2015, issued the following statement today:

Brunswick Corporation today reported it has been the victim of an email phishing incident that resulted in the potential unauthorized disclosure of 2015 W-2 information of a large number of current and former employees.

The incident occurred Friday, April 29, and the Company learned of it later that day.  Brunswick is informing affected individuals, as well as notifying the IRS and cooperating with other agencies as appropriate.  The Company is actively investigating to fully understand the incident, and to prevent incidents of this nature in the future.

Brunswick is offering credit monitoring and reporting, identity theft assistance services and identity theft insurance free to every affected individual.

At this time, the Company has no reason to believe that its information systems or any customer data or other employee information have been compromised.  Brunswick noted that this was not a technical intrusion of its information systems, but rather a criminal scam that plays on human nature.

About Brunswick

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s  leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine, BLA and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex and SCIFIT fitness equipment; InMovement products and services for productive well-being; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www.brunswick.com.

 

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