Nissan Canada falls victim to cyber attack

Nissan Canada has fallen victim to a cyber attack that may have revealed the personal information of customers that financed their vehicle through Nissan Canada Finance and INFINITI Financial Services Canada, according to a news release.

The number of consumers, both past and present, that have financed their vehicles through these services is approximately 1.13 million. The manufacturer said it would contact all of its customers, but is not currently aware of the exact number of people affected by the data breach.

“We sincerely apologize to the customers whose personal information may have been illegally accessed and for any frustration or inconvenience that this may cause,” said Alain Ballu, president, Nissan Canada Finance. “We are focused on supporting our customers and ensuring the security of our systems.”

Hackers may been able to access information such as a customer’s name, address, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN), credit score, loan amount and monthly payment.

“At this time, there is no indication that customers who financed vehicles outside of Canada are affected. In addition, no payment card information was affected,” Nissan said in its news release.

The data breach could have revealed more or less information, but the issue is still being investigated by automaker as they seek to discover exactly what personal information has been impacted. Nissan has also contacted Canadian privacy regulators, law enforcement and data security experts to help move the investigate forward.

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