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Samsung Announces Second Customer Data Breach

The hackers leaked 190GB of archives containing documents stolen from Samsung's servers.
The industry leader in technology, electronics, and smartphone producer, Samsung reported a data breach in its system. Earlier, the company was hit by a cyberattack in late July 2022. In August, the company discovered that a group of threat actors accessed its systems and breached customer personal data. 

The hackers had access to Samsung customers’ personal details including contacts, product registration data, dates of birth, and demographic information. However, the company said that the Social Security or credit card numbers were safe from the security breach. 

“In late July 2022, an unauthorized third party acquired information from some of Samsung’s U.S. systems. On or around August 4, 2022, we determined through our ongoing investigation that the personal information of certain customers was affected. We have taken actions to secure the affected systems, and have engaged a leading outside cybersecurity firm and are coordinating with law enforcement...” 

“…We want to assure our customers that the issue did not impact Social Security numbers or credit and debit card numbers, but in some cases, may have affected information such as name, contact and demographic information, date of birth, and product registration information,” reads a notice published by the company. 

The company further added that the information exposed for each relevant customer may vary, however, the company has started notifying impacted customers, and also advised them to remain cautious of any unrecognized and illegal communications that ask for their personal credentials or refer them to a web page asking for personal information. Customers must also review their accounts for suspicious and unsolicited activity. Besides, they should avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unrecognized and suspicious emails

The company has become one of the most recognizable names in technology and produces industry electronics, including appliances, digital media devices, memory chips, semiconductors, and integrated systems. The company produces a fifth of South Korea's total exports. 

Furthermore, Samsung claims to have detected the vulnerability in the system caused by the attack and to have taken measures to secure the impacted systems. Also, the company hired a leading cybersecurity firm to investigate the matter and report it to law enforcement.
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