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Volkswagen AG’s US unit reported that a vendor data breach affected more than 3.3 million customers and prospective buyers in North America.
The affected people were mainly the current or prospective Audi customers, one of the German automaker’s luxury brands.
The announcement was made on Friday by Volkswagen Group of America that an unauthorised third party obtained limited personal information about customers and prospective buyers from a vendor used by its Audi Volkswagen brands and some US and Canadian dealers for digital sales and marketing.
On March 10, Audi and Volkswagen were notified that “an unauthorised third party” may have accessed this information.
Volkswagen claims that the breach exposed first and last names, personal and/or business mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers, as well as information about “vehicle[s] purchased, leased, or inquired about,” such as vehicle ID numbers, makes, and models.