Just the Facts:
- American Honda says thieves have hacked 2.2 million customers' personal data.
- Names, e-mail addresses and VINs are among the data, but no financial information.
- A second list of 2.7 million Acura owners was also stolen but included e-mail addresses only.
TORRANCE, California — It sounds bad, but perhaps it's not as bad as it could have been: American Honda has notified 2.2 million customers that a list including e-mail addresses, VINs and login information has been stolen by unknown hackers. Company officials say the list didn't include Social Security numbers, birthdates, bank information or other data that would leave people vulnerable to identity theft.
The Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch reported that the list belonged to an outside vendor who was using it to send "welcome" e-mail messages to customers with OwnerLink or MyAcura accounts. Reportedly, 2.7 million Acura owners were on a separate list that was also stolen, but that one had only e-mail addresses on it.
American Honda contacted its customers to apologize and remind them about the possibility that bogus e-mail could come to them asking for private information. Owners can get more information on this FAQ page.
Inside Line says: Another hacker situation, this one probably more annoying than dangerous. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent
Source : insideline.com