PSA #3: Honda Owners, Watch Your Email. Very Carefully
It looks like Gawker can find solace in the reassuring fact that they are not the only ones who ended up with a purloined database, containing the privates private details of all their customers. Intimate customer data of Honda has also been robbed and plundered. See, it happens to the best of them.
According to The Nikkei [sub] Honda Motor confirmed the loss of nearly 4.9 million data sets of people who registered on the Honda websites. 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. According to a shocked cnet, 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.
Also according to the Nikkei “Honda said it has already sent emails to the people affected informing them about the situation and asking them to change their passwords, although the passwords were not among the data that were leaked.”
Not good. What will you do when you receive email to change your password? Click on it, or kill it immediately? And didn’t even non-nerds learn from the Gawker debacle that one doesn’t need the password? It can be deduced from the hashcode.
“The worry is that affected owners, especially those on the list with the VINs, may be targeted for some kind of phishing attack. Imagine getting an e-mail from someone pretending to be your local Honda dealer who correctly identifies the car you just bought and asks you to give up more personal information so that you can get ‘special offers.’ “
Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.
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