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500,000 BMW, Mercedes and Hyundai owners in UK hit by massive data breach

Posted on Jul 7, 2020
500,000 BMW, Mercedes and Hyundai owners in UK hit by massive data breach

The personal information of almost 400,000 UK-based BMW customers is being sold to the highest bidder on an online black market, according to Tel Aviv-based darknet intelligence experts KELA.

Hackers at a group called KelvinSecurity Team have gained access to a BMW customer database and listed it for sale on an underground forum used by cybercriminals. 
According to a report from SC Magazine, the database being flogged to cybercrooks includes a whole host of sensitive data, such as the initials and surnames of car owners, their home addresses and email addresses, and the names of dealerships and car-registration information. 

As per the report, the hackers claim that they got hold of the database via a call centre that works with a range of car manufacturers.
The database is believed to consist of 500,000 customer records dated from 2016 to 2018. These not only include the details of Brits who own BMW cars, but also owners of Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai and SEAT vehicles. 

Speaking to SC Magazine, Kela researchers explained how the hacking group predominantly sells compromised data on underground forums. Last month, the hackers sold 16 databases that contained the information of contractors working for the U.S. government and weapons being created by the Russian armed forces. 

Full article on https://www-tomsguide-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.tomsguide.com/amp/news/bmw-call-centre-data-breach

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