German automaker Volkswagen on Friday revealed the data breach of one of its distributors, the latest victim of computer hacking, of more than 3.3 million people in North America.
“We recently discovered that Audi, Volkswagen and some dealers in the United States and Canada obtained unauthorized third party personal information (…) about a customer and potential customers from a supplier used for online sales and marketing activities,” the company’s U.S. subsidiary said in a message to MFP.
Relevant information was retrieved between 2014 and 2019 and stored in this distributor’s insecure electronic file, which did not name Volkswagen.
The manufacturer estimates that it has disclosed strategic information used by about 90,000 customers in the United States or Audi’s potential customers to purchase or obtain a driver ‘s license number.
Volkswagen plans to provide them with protection against using their data for purchases or loans.
Low Sensitive Information – Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Emails – Around 3.1 million Audi customers in the United States and 163 00 in Canada. And data from approximately 3,300 Volkswagen customers in the United States.
The group claims to have contacted the people concerned and informed the competent authorities.
Many American companies have been victims of recent computer attacks.
Fast food giant McDonald’s said on Friday that it had exposed consumer data in South Korea and Taiwan during data breaches.
Meat giant JBS was forced to pay a $ 11 million ransom in early June due to a cyber attack.
A few weeks ago, hackers had to pay $ 4.4 million to a colonial pipeline that exported 45% of the fuel used on the east coast of the United States, a ransom partially recovered by US authorities.