Samsung Falls Victim to Data Breach, Exposing User Information

Colin Thierry
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Electronics company Samsung announced last week that it recently fell victim to a data breach that exposed user information. This is the second such incident that Samsung has reported in 2022.

“Today, we are taking a moment to inform our customers that we recently discovered a cybersecurity incident that affected some of their information,” the company said in a statement.

According to Samsung, the data breach did not reveal users’ Social Security numbers or credit and debit card information. However, the company said that the breach, “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 added.

Last week’s announcement came a few months after Samsung reported a similar cybersecurity incident. The company announced in March that a data breach revealed some of its internal data.

“According to our initial analysis, the breach involves some source code relating to the operation of Galaxy devices, but does not include the personal information of our consumers or employees,” Samsung stated in March. “Currently, we do not anticipate any impact to our business or customers. We have implemented measures to prevent further such incidents and will continue to serve our customers without disruption.”

In response to the most recent data breach, Samsung issued an update to its frequently asked questions (FAQ) page saying that “an unauthorized third party” accessed information from the company’s systems.

“On or around August 4, 2022, we determined through our ongoing investigation that personal information of certain customers was affected. We have taken actions to secure the affected systems, and have engaged a leading outside cybersecurity firm and are coordinating with law enforcement,” the FAQ page added. “At Samsung, we value the trust our customers place in our products and services — trust that we have built up over many years.

“By working with industry-leading experts, we will further enhance the security of our systems and our customers’ personal information and work to maintain the trust our customers have put into the Samsung brand for more than 40 years.”

About the Author

About the Author

Colin Thierry is a former cybersecurity researcher and journalist for SafetyDetectives who has written a wide variety of content for the web over the past 2 years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, watching sports, and playing video games.