Samsung admits cyberattack and says personal data was compromised
The company explains that data such as debit/credit card information or social security numbers were not accessed.
Samsung sent a notice to its users at the end of last week notifying that the company’s systems were the target of unauthorized access, an occasion where the “personal data of certain customers was affected”.
Although access was detected in July, the South Korean technology company was only able to assess that personal data were affected in August – having waited until now to disclose the situation to the public.
“We have acted to ensure the security of the affected systems, we have recruited a cybersecurity company [to investigate] and we are coordinating with the authorities” , explains Samsung in its statement . “We want to assure our customers that this issue did not impact social security numbers or debit or credit cards, but in some it may have affected information such as name, contact and demographic information, date of birth and product registration information” .
With the investigation still ongoing, it is expected that Samsung will come forward to provide more updates on this intrusion into its systems.