By Vivian Yeo
December 30, 2010
Japanese automaker Honda has put some 2.2 million customers in the
United States on a security breach alert after a database containing
information on the owners and their cars was hacked, according to
The compromised list contained names, login names, e-mail addresses and
17-character Vehicle Identification Number--an automotive industry
standard--which was used to send welcome e-mail messages to customers
that had registered for an Owner Link account.
Another 2.7 million My Acura account users were also affected by the
breach, but Honda said the list contained only e-mail addresses. Acura
is the company's luxury vehicle brand.
According to Honda's notification e-mail to affected customers, the list
was managed by a vendor. All Things Digital suggested, but could not
confirm, that the vendor in question is e-mail marketing firm Silverpop
Systems, which has been linked with the recent hacking incidents
including that of fast-food giant McDonald's.
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