The FBI confirmed last week that it has received information from Luxottica Group SpA about the possible hack of computers at the company’s North American headquarters in Mason, Ohio.
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“We’ve received information from that company about a possible computer breach,” said Special Agent Michael Brooks, who declined to comment further.
According to Lt. Jeff Braley, of the Warren County Cyber Crime task force, the company first reported the possible unauthorized access of a file containing information about 59,000 former employees to his office in late September. The incident, he said, occurred in April.
The exposed personal information related to employees of Things Remembered, a division sold by Luxottica in 2006.
“The company sent notice to all individuals whose information was in the file and have offered free credit-monitoring services,” said a Luxottica spokesman. “At this time, we have no evidence that the data have been misused.…We believe this was an isolated and unusual incident. We deeply regret this incident and hope that law enforcement will be able to bring those involved in this crime to justice.”