Audi and Volkswagen have data breach that affects 3.3 million

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has filed notifications of data breaches affecting 3.3 million customers with the California and Maine Attorney General’s offices.

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) is the North American subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group and is responsible for the business operations of Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and VW Credit in the United States and Canada.

According to the notices, between August 2019 and May 2021, the supplier left unprotected data on the Internet. On March 20 of this year, VWGoA was notified that an unauthorized person gained access to the data and could obtain information about customers of Audi, Volkswagen and some official dealers.

VWGoA says the incident affected 3.3 million customers, with over 97% of them being Audi customers and interested buyers. Information varies from customer to customer, ranging from the contact information (first and last name, personal or business mailing address, email address or telephone number) to more sensitive information such as social security numbers and credit numbers. In some cases, the data also included information about the purchased or rented vehicle, vehicle identification number, make, model, year of manufacture, colour and equipment.

More than 95% of sensitive data contained driver’s license numbers.

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