Volkswagen data breach affects 3 million people2021-06-11 17:26 by Daniela
Tags: Volkswagen, data breach
Volkswagen says more than 3.3 million customers had their information exposed after one of its vendors left a cache of customer data unsecured on the internet.
Volkswagen Group of America said on Friday an unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that its Audi Volkswagen brands and some U.S. and Canadian dealers used for digital sales and marketing.
The company has reached out to 90,000 people in the US - mostly Audi customers or shoppers - who had especially sensitive information taken in the breach. In most cases, that included driver's license numbers and, in a small number of cases, Social Security numbers, VW or Audi account numbers and dates of birth. The company is offering free credit protection to those who had very sensitive information taken.
"We regret any inconvenience this may cause our current or potential customers," VW USA said in a statement. "As always, we recommend that individuals remain alert for suspicious emails or other communications that might ask them to provide information about themselves or their vehicle."
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