In late July, Samsung Electronics experienced a cybersecurity incident that resulted in the exposure of personal data of some American customers. The business said it discovered the data breach on August 4.
Samsung claims that the customers’ social security numbers and credit card numbers were unaffected, but information such as names, contact information, demographic information, date of birth, and product registration information was compromised.
Samsung has already issued a warning to impacted consumers to be on the lookout for phishing emails that attempt to obtain additional personal data. These emails may be used for identity theft or to deceive recipients into installing malware on their computers.
The business did not, however, address how many consumers were impacted or why it took Samsung more than a month to alert customers regarding this breach, which was reported only hours before a Labor Day weekend in the United States.
The company said that it had taken measures to safeguard its networks and has hired an undisclosed outside cybersecurity consultancy. According to Samsung, the company is working with law enforcement authorities to solve this crime, but the identity of the hacker still remains a mystery.
Samsung has reported a data breach twice so far this year. In March, the business acknowledged that the Lapsus$ hacker organization, which also compromised Nvidia, Microsoft and T-Mobile, had gained access to and exposed about 200 gigabytes of private information, including the source code for many technologies and biometric unlock algorithms.