Mar 082014

Ohio-based The Timken Company, a global steel and bearing manufacturer and supplier, is notifying current and former associates and job applicants of a data security breach that occurred on January 30 and was discovered February 19.

The breach occurred when a file containing personal information was stored on a server normally used for interchange of non-confidential information with third parties. Personal information in the file included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and results of employment hearing screening.

A letter to those affected signed by company officers Donald L. Walker and Daniel E. Muller informed recipients that there had been one unauthorized access to the file on January 30, but the company had no evidence of any misuse of the information.

Recipients were offered a year of credit monitoring with Experian ProtectMyID.

The incident affected 4,983 individuals in 32 U.S. states plus 4 individuals residing abroad.  The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office was notified of the breach on March 4.


  2 Responses to “The Timken Company notifying 5,000 associates after data exposed on insecure server”

  1. I was one of them and curious how a huge company could have ONLY nearly 5000 people segregated in this one file. What was the commonality, because those I know who were affected, have nothing in common as far as the information that was shown taken.

  2. One year of credit monitoring with Experian ProtectMyID is not nearly enough.The Timken co. needs to step up and do right thing. Take responsibility

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