Hackers steal customer info from insurance provider Nationwide

Hackers broke into insurance company Nationwide's network in early October, stealing the personal information of more than a million customers across the country, the insurance company recently revealed.

The company said the compromised information included people's names and a combination of Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, their date of birth, and possibly marital status, gender, and occupation, as well as the names and addresses of employers. Nationwide said it had no evidence that any medical information or credit card account data was stolen.

"We discovered the attack that day, and took immediate steps to contain … Read more

Virgin Mobile experiencing text, data outage

A nationwide outage has left Virgin Mobile customers in the U.S. without text or data services.

The company confirmed the disruption in a tweet this afternoon and said that engineers were working on the issue but did not give any indication what caused the outage or when it is expected to be resolved.

We're currently experiencing a national data & text messaging outage. Our engineers are working to resolve it. Thank you for your patience.

— Virgin Mobile USA (@virginmobileus) March 20, 2012

Virgin Mobile is an MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator that leases network capacity from parent … Read more

Not-so-better days: Denny Hamlin's Vegas car fire

Over this past weekend, Denny Hamlin managed to upstage Nascar golden boy Jimmie Johnson at the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway as part of the current Nascar Sprint Cup chase series. Yeah, Hamlin's probably not going to win the championship this year (my prediction is Mr. Johnny Obvious aka Jimmie Johnson--look at the points advantage!), but still it's a career-highlight victory that stakes his claim as one of Nascar's stars. But while most drivers have their moments of brilliance, they usually also have at least a few moments in their career they'd rather forget … Read more

MetroPCS starts nationwide service

Regional carrier MetroPCS announced Thursday that it would expand its coverage to more than 300 cities in the continental United States starting November 10. The Unlimited Nationwide service will be free (read: no roaming fees) for MetroPCS customers with $45- or $50-per-month service plans, while other MetroPCS customers can add it for an additional $5 per month. MetroPCS offers no-contract, unlimited calling plans in 14 markets across the country.