Audi and Volkswagen have suffered a data breach impacting 3.3 million customers after an unsecured treasure trove of data was exposed online by a vendor.

On Friday, Volkwsagen Group of America, Inc., (VWGoA) disclosed that an unauthorised third party had obtained limited personal information about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that its Audi Volkwsagen brands and some U.S and Canadian dealers used.

The unsecured data was exposed online between August 2019 and May 2021.

The data exposed varies per customers but could range from contact information to more private sensitive information such as social security numbers.

The data also included sensitive information relating to eligibility for a purchase, loan, or lease. Over 95% of the sensitive data included was driver’s license numbers. 

For those customers impacted by the breach. Volkswagen have offered free credit protection services ot those individuals. 

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