New York | German automaker Volkswagen, the new victim of a computer hack, said Friday that a data breach from one of its suppliers had exposed more than 3.3 million people in North America.
“We recently discovered that an unauthorized third party received personally identifiable information (…) about customers and potential customers from a supplier used by Audi, Volkswagen and some dealers in the US and Canada for online sales and marketing,” he said. American subsidiary of the company in a message sent to AFP.
The information was obtained between 2014 and 2019 and was stored in an unsecured electronic file of this supplier, whose name Volkswagen did not disclose.
The manufacturer estimates that confidential information used for a purchase or a loan, such as a driver’s license number, has been disclosed to approximately 90,000 customers or potential customers of Audi in the United States.
Volkswagen plans to provide them with free protection against the use of their data for purchases or loans.
Also affected are less sensitive information – names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses – of approximately 3.1 million Audi customers in the United States and 163,000 in Canada. As well as data on approximately 3,300 Volkswagen customers in the United States.
The group claims to have contacted stakeholders and notified the competent authorities.
Several US companies have been victims of computer attacks of varying severity in recent weeks.
Fast food giant McDonald’s said Friday that customer data in South Korea and Taiwan was exposed during a data breach.
In turn, meat giant JBS was forced to pay a $ 11 million ransom in bitcoin in early June due to a cyberattack.
A few weeks earlier, the Colonial Pipeline, which transports nearly 45% of the fuel consumed on the US east coast, had to pay hackers $ 4.4 million – a ransom that was then partially returned by US authorities.