Audi, Volkswagen data breach affects 3.3 million customers

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Audi and Volkswagen have suffered a data breach affecting 3.3 million customers after a vendor exposed unsecured data on the Internet.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is the North American subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group. It is responsible for US and Canadian operations for Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW Credit, Inc.

According to data breach notifications filed with the California and Maine Attorney General's office, VWGoA disclosed that a vendor left unsecured data exposed on the Internet between August 2019 and May 2021.

On March 20th, VWGoA was notified by the vendor that an unauthorized person had accessed the data and may have obtained the customer information for Audi, Volkswagen, and some authorized dealers.

VWGoA states that the breach involved 3.3 million customers, with over 97% of those affected relating to Audi customers and interested buyers.

The data exposed varies per customer but could range from contact information to more sensitive information such as social security numbers and loan numbers.

"The data included some or all of the following contact information about you: first and last name, personal or business mailing address, email address, or phone number. In some instances, the data also included information about a vehicle purchased, leased, or inquired about, such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year, color, and trim packages," explains the VWGoA data breach notification first reported by TechCrunch.

"The data also included more sensitive information relating to eligibility for a purchase, loan, or lease. More than 95% of the sensitive data included was driver’s license numbers. There were also a very small number of dates of birth, Social Security or social insurance numbers, account or loan numbers, and tax identification numbers."
 

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Audi, Volkswagen customer data being sold on a hacking forum​

On June 14th, a known seller of data stolen during data breaches put the Audi and Volkswagen data up for sale on a popular hacking forum.

According to a post on the forum, the sold data consists of over 5 million records, with 3,862,231 records being leads and 1,792,278 records in the sales database.

While the leads database contains contact information and phone numbers for prospective buys, the seller states that the sales database contained a great deal more information, including VINs, business numbers, information about the driver, and vehicle information.

According to Vice, who first reported on the sale of this data, the hacker said they accessed the exposed data in March after finding it in an unsecured Azure Blob container.
 
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