Samsung is one of the largest technology companies in the world. They make phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, and all types of everyday devices. So, it’s not great news when the company reports they had suffered their second data breach this year.
This latest breach could have involved customer information for some US customers.
"In late July 2022, an unauthorized third-party acquired information from some of Samsung's U.S. systems," the company said. "On or around August 4, 2022, we determined through our ongoing investigation that personal information of certain customers was affected."
That data apparently includes names, contact information, demographic data, dates of birth, and product registration details. Samsung said there were no payment details or more sensitive information accessed, but this is plenty enough.
Even though Samsung was able to give us an idea of what was accessed, they could not tell us how many people were affected, who breached their systems and why it took so long to make it public.
The breach was back in July, and the announcement came early September.
This is especially worrying considering customer data was accessed. There has been well over a month for bad actors to begin using that data in phishing or malware campaigns targeting those customers.
This is just 6 months after Bloomberg reported another data breach at Samsung that accessed internal company data.
If you’re a Samsung customer that has registered a product in recent times, be on your guard. Be extra vigilant with emails and requests for information. Be much more thorough with deleting emails you don’t recognize or contacting organizations directly to confirm if you’re unsure.
If it’s important (and legitimate) companies will email you again or contact you by other means so don’t worry about being overzealous in protecting your privacy.