Newton Manufacturing discovers hackers acquired customer data in repeated intrusions

In what was likely a nasty shock for Iowa-based Newton Manufacturing, Jnc., a recent security audit revealed that the company’s databases had been breached in September 2008, October 2008, and February 2009. Hackers apparently accessed and acquired customers’ personal information including names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

According to a notification (pdf) filed by the firm’s lawyers with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the company’s initial investigation has traced the attacks to Canada.

The company has referred the matter to the FBI as well as local enforcement, and is advising affected customers to place fraud alerts on their credit files. The total number of customers affected was not reported in the notification.

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