American Honda Motor Company, Inc. is warning their customers today of a privacy breach that resulted in the compromise of private information about their customers. In this instance they are advising their clients of the following client information being compromised:
- Email Addresses
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- User ID
Their formal statement to their customers claims that no other information such as password, address where included in the breach. Hopefully a more thorough investigation will occur to verify the claim because if customer physical addresses were also compromised this would be a major concern.
Here is the entire message:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recently became aware of unauthorized access to an email list used by a vendor to create a welcome email to customers who have an Owner Link or My Acura vehicle account. The data that was obtained included your email address, your name, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and User ID. Your password was not included and no other sensitive information was contained in that list.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As a company, we believe that all customer relationships must be built on trust. That is why we believe it is important to inform you of this incident. You may be aware of attacks on email marketing systems, therefore we want to assure you that we take the safeguarding of your information seriously and that the appropriate authorities have been contacted regarding this incident. Additionally, we have taken steps to minimize this type of exposure in the future.
As a Company, we encourage you to continue to be aware of the increasingly common email scams that may use your email address to contact you and ask for personal or sensitive information — Be cautious when opening links or attachments from unsolicited third parties. Also, know that American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will not send you emails asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personal information. If ever asked for this information, you can be confident it is not from us.
Again, let us reassure you that we are taking necessary steps to safeguard your personal information.
If you would like further information on this topic please visit honda.com/info/b
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.