Some hackers must have some serious beef with Japanese companies. It’s getting painful. Sony, still reeling from a massive security breach, now received an invitation to a congressional grilling. Sony is not alone. Honda Canada found personal information from 283,000 Honda and Acura customers stolen. Jerry Chenkin, executive vice-president and chief compliance officer at Honda Canada Inc., confirmed to The Toronto Star “that names, addresses and vehicle identification numbers were taken from the company’s e-commerce websites myHonda and myAcura, with suspicious activity on the site first detected in late February. “
Honda had been alerted by “unusual volume on the sites,” including “some unauthorized attempts to access account information,” a letter to customers says. The letter said customers should be on the alert for marketing overtures that reference ownership of a Honda or Acura vehicle.
It is not the first time that Honda had become a target. Last year, 4.9 million data sets were stolen from Honda USA. Hackers made away with 2.2 million names, email addresses and car information of current owners who registered their data on the Honda or Acura websites. The VINs of these cars were also taken. The blackhats also absconded with 2.7 million names and email addresses of people who had expressed their interest in receiving Acura information.
Supposedly, Honda responded to the U.S. breaches with an audit of its online security practices and its web vendors. The results of that audit must not have filtered up north.