Nissan Canada Financial Pwned…. Number Of Customers Affected Is Unknown

The holiday’s may be in full swing but the pwnage continues. Today’s story of pwnage is Nissan Canada’s financial arm who posted this notice on their website right before the holidays to say this:

Nissan Canada Finance recently became aware it was the victim of a data breach that may have involved unauthorized person(s) gaining access to the personal information of some customers that have financed their vehicles through Nissan Canada Finance and INFINITI Financial Services Canada. 

The company is offering the following:

NCF is taking prompt action to notify potentially affected customers and is offering them 12 months of credit monitoring services through TransUnion at no cost. While the precise number of customers affected by this breach is not yet known, out of abundance of caution, NCF is notifying all its customers and is providing them with credit monitoring services even if their personal information may not have actually been affected. 

In addition to alerting our customers, NCF has contacted Canadian privacy regulators, law enforcement, and leading data security experts to help rapidly investigate this matter.

Now what was scooped up in this event? Customer names, address, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN), credit score, loan amount and monthly payment may have been swiped and Nissan figured it out on December 11th. Though the world didn’t find out until December 21st. It isn’t clear at this point the exact number of people who might have been affected by this pwnage. If you’re a customer of Nissan Canada Financial and you feel the least bit paranoid, and you should feel paranoid, you can phone 1-877-224-4711.

In the meantime, I hope the federal government is watching this situation as this illustrates the need for strict laws in Canada to forces companies to not only invest in defending against being pwned, but to rapidly disclose pwnage when it happens.

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