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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2021 (So Far)

More than 98.2 million individuals were impacted by the 10 biggest data breaches in the first half of 2021, with three of the 10 largest breaches occurring at technology companies.

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8. Volkswagen Group of America

Number Of Individuals Impacted: 3.3 Million

A third party obtained information received from or about United States and Canadian customers and interested buyers through a vendor used by Audi, Volkswagen and some deals, Volkswagen disclosed in June. The exposed information was gathered for sales and marketing purposes between 2014 and 2019 and was left unsecured by the vendor between August 2019 and May 2021, Volkswagen said.

Roughly 90,000 Audi customers or prospective buyers had their driver’s license numbers exposed, while a smaller number had additional sensitive information exposed such as date of birth, Social Security or social insurance numbers, account or loan numbers, and tax identification numbers. All these people will receive credit monitoring services, $1 million of insurance, and assistance in the event of identity theft.

For the remaining 97 percent of impacted individuals, the exposed information consists solely of contact and vehicle data. This could include the Audi customer or prospect’s: first and last name; home or business address; email address; phone number; Vehicle Identification Number (VIN); make; model; year; color; and trim packages, according to Volkswagen.

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