Data of 3.3 million Volkswagen customers leaked


The German car manufacturer, Volkswagen, announced that it had been exposed to an information hack that led to a data leak at one of its suppliers, affecting more than 3.3 million people in North America, according to “AFP”.
“We recently discovered that a third party without permission obtained personal information of current and potential customers of a supplier with whom it cooperates (Audi), (Volkswagen) and certain franchisees in the United States and Canada for its online sales and marketing activities,” the company’s US branch said.
The leaked information was collected between 2014 and 2019 and placed on an unprotected electronic file by this supplier, whose name Volkswagen has not disclosed.
The German company indicated that the hacking affected sensitive information used for purchases or loans, including driver’s license numbers, belonging to about 900,000 current or potential Audi customers in the United States.
The leaks included less sensitive information, including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, for about 3.1 million Audi customers in the United States and 163,000 in Canada. The hack also affected the data of about 3,300 customers of “Volkswagen” in the United States.
The group confirmed that it is communicating with the people concerned, explaining that it has notified the relevant authorities.
In recent weeks, several US companies have been subjected to informational attacks with varying scope of impact.


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