Data breach affects 4.9 million Honda customers

Data breach affects 4.9 million Honda customers
Data breach affects 4.9 million Honda customers 

By Vivian Yeo
ZDNet Asia
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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