Samsung announces data breach affecting undisclosed number of customers

Samsung users should be alerted to a breach of US customer personal data in July, barely announced by the tech company.

On September 2, Samsung informed customers of a “cybersecurity” incident in late July, discovered on August 4, resulting in a breach of personal information, including “names, contact details and demographic information, dates of birth and product registration”. The company reassured customers that the breach did not affect Social Security or credit card numbers stored in the system.

The number of affected users has not yet been released, but Samsung notes that if you received a notice, your data was implicated in the breach.

Overall, it’s been a pretty tough year for cybersecurity and data protection.

In April, money transfer app CashApp revealed that a former employee accessed the personal information of millions of users. In August, food delivery app DoorDash reported that hackers had stolen data about an undisclosed number of users, including personal names, addresses, contact details and partial payment card numbers, in plus internal tools used by delivery drivers. Even Signal, considered one of the most secure phone messaging apps, dealt with a cybersecurity threat after its verification app Twilio was breached. And in other phone company news, T-Mobile has finally laid out details of a class-action settlement over a user data breach in August 2021 — affected customers were awarded $5.

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It’s also not the first time Samsung has faced such a breach, and not even the first in 2022. In March, the tech company announced that hackers had exposed internal company data affecting Galaxy smartphones. “We currently do not anticipate any impact to our business or our customers. We have measures in place to prevent further incidents of this type and will continue to serve our customers without disruption,” the company said.

Samsung says the latest security incident is being investigated by a private cybersecurity firm and law enforcement.

For those affected by the breach, Samsung suggests you beware of phishing schemes, monitor your credit profiles closely (and even makes suggestions for free online credit reports), read the Reviews FAQ security and review the company’s privacy policy.

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