Honda Canada Data Breach Triggers Lawsuit
Improperly securing customer online information has now become expensive as Honda Canada is facing a $200 million lawsuit over stolen personal data. The company learned last March that the personal information of its more than 283,000 customers was exposed however only informed customers by May.
The information gathered by hackers was taken from a 2009 mail program that prompted customers to register at the myHonda website. Information such as names, vehicle identification numbers and addresses were the only thing that the hackers were able to retrieve.
What the hackers did was that they infiltrated the myHonda and myAcura website and accessed the database which held the old information. Apparently the information should have been deleted a long time ago but was still present in the system.
Honda has already contacted those people affected by the breach and gave assurances that no critical information was stolen that could lead to identity theft.
The recent high level breaches of major companies today have people wondering whether it is indeed safe to store their information on the cloud. Just recently Sony was also hit by an attack that forced the company to shut down their PSN service since hackers were able to access the personal information of their subscribers.