Volkswagen was a victim of a data breach and had over 3 million customer’s data stolen. Most of the compromised data were marketing information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. However, there may be 90,000 people who had their sensitive information, such as social security numbers and date of birth, exposed. Volkswagen is notifying the affected individuals whose private information was involved and is offering free credit protection services.
According to their spoke person, “We recently discovered that an unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information received from or about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that Audi, Volkswagen and some authorized dealers in the United States and Canada use for digital sales and marketing activities. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our current or potential customers. 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.” The breach that happened between 2019 and 2021, was stolen from a third-party vendor that Volkswagen uses, and was just recently discovered.
If you are a business owner, you might want to consider signing up for cyber security risk assessment for your organization. The assessment will determine the road map moving forward but even now there are many things that you can implement to minimize your cybersecurity risks:
- Use MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) everywhere you can
- Look into getting Cyber Insurance
- Make sure all your systems are patched and up to date
- Make sure you have Endpoint Security deployed to all workstations
- Sign up your users to Cyber Security Awareness Training
- Make sure your backups are up to date and restorable
- Sign up to and Identity protection/ Dark Web scanning service
Remember if it is for financial reasons, compliance, reputation, or peace of mind Cyber Security Risk Assessments is something you should be running regularly, and better that than an incident report tell you how the breach occurred. Contact Us, for a free cybersecurity assessment for your organization.