Volvo target of hackers, steal confidential information

An unknown party has managed to break into Volvo’s servers and steal confidential information. According to the car manufacturer, ‘a limited amount’ of data from the R&D department was stolen by the perpetrators. There are currently no indications that customer data has been obtained.

Volvo: ‘No personal data was stolen’

The Swedish carmaker does not provide many details about the data breach at the moment. For example, the company only says on Friday that “an unknown party” has illegally gained access to Volvo’s computer systems. Volvo is not sure who this ‘unknown party’ is. An initial investigation shows that ‘a limited amount’ of confidential data has been stolen from the Research & Development department. Then you have to think of research and development data from the manufacturer, perhaps for future models.

Volvo says it immediately took precautions when the data breach came to light. The automaker does not know what measures we should think about. All she wants to say is that the data breach “may have an impact on business operations”. We do know that Volvo has engaged a third-party cybersecurity company to investigate the theft of the data.

“With the information currently available, we do not believe the leak will affect the safety or security of customers’ cars or their personal data,” Volvo said in a statement.

Volkswagen and Audi also affected by data breach

Volvo is not the only carmaker to been the target of hackers in the past year. In June, unauthorized persons managed to steal the customer data of 3.3 million Volkswagen and Audi customers. The digital theft took place via a party that processes the data on behalf of Volkswagen. That company collected personal data from American and Canadian Volkswagen and Audi customers between 2014 and 2019. Soon after the attack, the data was put up for sale on the dark web for between $4,000 and $5,000.

The hackers managed to get their hands on a lot of personal data. In addition to first and last names, residential and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, they also managed to retrieve license plate data. They also obtained dates of birth, identification numbers and information about sold cars from 90,000 customers. The attackers also managed to steal data about the financial housekeeping of customers. Customers provided this information to demonstrate their ability to purchase a car.

Volkswagen warned victims about phishing and identity theft. The car manufacturer advised victims to be alert to spam messages, especially if the sender asks for personal or confidential information.

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