Volkswagen’s US supplier cannot process personal information.
About a serious data security incident Report Between August 2019 and May 2021, Volkswagen’s North American subsidiary (supplier) established a database of car buyers and those interested in buying cars, which can be made available to anyone on the Internet for free. In addition to U.S. residents, Canadian customers are also affected.
At the time of the incident, there were a total of 3.3 million data on servers that did not require a password. This information was collected by Volkswagen in the United States during 2014-2019. The content of the database varies from person to person, but in many cases, the name is accompanied by an address, email address, and phone number. For 90,000 borrowers, the license number is also included in the database, while for “smaller” camps, the date of birth and social security number may have been leaked.
It is not clear whether anyone has maliciously accessed the data, and many people who are eligible for benefits and social security are at the greatest risk. With information about them, scams can already be implemented. For example, after a similar data breach, criminals will collect unemployment benefits on behalf of Geico’s loyal customers.
If the information leaked by the supplier is misused, Volkswagen provides fraud monitoring and compensation services to all affected customers.
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