As technology advances, so do cybersecurity protections, but at the same time, hackers now have access to more sophisticated hacking tools, so it’s really a never-ending game of cat and mouse.
Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung got caught this time round because the company has confirmed that they have experienced a data breach that will affect its US customers. Samsung wants to reassure customers that sensitive information like Social Security numbers and financial information like credit and/or debit card numbers were not leaked.
On the other hand, personal information such as customer names, contact information, date of birth, production registration information, and more were stolen. According to a statement by Samsung:
“Samsung detected the incident and has taken actions to secure the affected systems. As part of our ongoing investigation, we have engaged a leading outside cybersecurity firm and are coordinating with law enforcement. We are notifying customers to make them aware of this matter.
At Samsung, we value the trust our customers place in our products and services – trust that we have built up over many years. This is why the security and privacy of our customers’ data is of the utmost importance to us, and our products and services are designed and built with this top of mind.”
While not necessarily as bad as having your credit/debit card details stolen, this information can also be critical because sometimes to verify yourself with banking institutions, you may sometimes be asked for information like date of birth and contact information. This is why Samsung has asked the customers to remain cautious and vigilant in an FAQ posted on its website.