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Samsung has revealed that it recently discovered a cybersecurity incident that “affected some customer information.” Consumer devices were not affected in connection with this incident, according to a FAQ that the company shared alongside its press release, but information such as “name, contact and demographic information, date of birth, and product registration information” may have been affected. Samsung stated that Social Security numbers or credit and debit card numbers were not impacted, but it is working with law enforcement and a “leading outside cybersecurity firm” as part of its ongoing investigation.

From the FAQ:

  • Unauthorized third party acquired information from some of Samsung’s U.S. systems in late July 2022
  • On or around August 4, 2022, Samsung determined through its ongoing investigation that personal information of certain customers was affected
  • Issue did not impact Social Security numbers or credit and debit card numbers
  • May have affected information such as name, contact and demographic information, date of birth, and product registration information
  • Consumer devices were not affected in connection with this incident
  • Products and services can continue to be used as usual

An important notice regarding U.S. customer information

Today, we are taking a moment to inform our customers that we recently discovered a cybersecurity incident that affected some of their information.

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. The information affected for each relevant customer may vary.

Samsung detected the incident and has taken actions to secure the affected systems. As part of our ongoing investigation, we have engaged a leading outside cybersecurity firm and are coordinating with law enforcement. We are notifying customers to make them aware of this matter.

At Samsung, we value the trust our customers place in our products and services – trust that we have built up over many years. This is why the security and privacy of our customers’ data is of the utmost importance to us, and our products and services are designed and built with this top of mind.

We have set up an FAQ page on our website for additional questions and answers, along with recommended actions.

Samsung remains committed to the security and privacy protection of its customers. By working with industry-leading experts, we will further enhance the security of our systems – and your personal information – and work to maintain the trust you have put into the Samsung brand for more than 40 years.

We deeply regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may have caused to our valued customers.

For questions regarding this issue, please visit the FAQ page on our website.

Source: Samsung

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3 comments

  1. Well, to be fair, what isn't collected, can't be stolen.

    Whenever you collect data, you are creating a target.

    Honestly what REALLY creates the problem is not when companies collect the data... it's when they sell it to other businesses to monetize the data. ALL freaking companies do this that I am aware of. It's just the degree with which they do it. Those portals make the data accessible by simply overcoming an API layer.

    Any companies that specifically DO NOT monetize your data or let business partners access it (same thing), don't have the same level of exposure.

    You want to impress me... be a company that publicly states we do NOT share your data with business partners NOR do we monetize your data for external use outside of this organization.

    Even that statement leaves loopholes.

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