Samsung hit by data breach that leaked customer information
Another data breach hit the internet, this time affecting Samsung, one of the biggest tech giants in the world. The total number of customers affected by this breach is currently unknown, but it’s best to assume that the number could be quite high.
Samsung sent an email to its customers notifying them of the data breach. In this email, the company points out that potentially sensitive information was included in the breach, although no payment or social security information was included. Instead, the affected information contained such things as customer names, contact and demographic information, date of birth, and device registration details (i.e. for purposes warranty and marketing).
The company did not advise users to change their passwords as it does not appear to include usernames or passwords. Although it would be wise on your part to enable 2FA (two-factor authentication) on your Samsung-related accounts.
You can never be too safe and much of the leaked information can still be used against you in different ways. Thus, Samsung advises its customers to take advantage of your typical free annual credit report that everyone is entitled to. Just to keep an eye on your credit history. Since no SS or payment information was included, the company does not offer any type of free credit monitoring service or equivalent options that you typically find during major breaches.
If you have ever made purchases on Samsung websites or services, or purchased and registered a device (i.e. smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.), you have likely participated in the breach. Just something to keep in mind. So be sure to keep an eye on your credit report and beware of phishing attempts that may arrive by mail or phone.