Mercedes Benz AMG Data Breach
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I regret to inform you all that I received an email from Mercedes Benz AMG stating that my data, which they hold, has been hacked. I am also one of the 1000 AMG victims. Here are the details of the Mercedes Benz Data Breach details.
The breach was discovered by an external security expert, who reported it to Mercedes. Mercedes then resolved the problem. Mercedes stated that it had notified the appropriate government agencies and that it has begun contacting those affected by the incident.
What is leaked?
Potential buyers’ driver’s license numbers, credit card details, social security numbers, and credit card details could have been exposed during the affected timeframe. The data leak also includes credit ratings and birth dates.
The majority of the personal information exposed includes names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and addresses of customers. Mercedes stated that anyone whose personal data was compromised would receive a credit monitoring subscription for one year.
Mercedes-Benz claimed that in order to access the information, one must be familiar with specific software tools and applications. Furthermore, a search on the internet would not reveal any data contained within such documents.
This is the second German Car manufacturer to be affected by the data leak. Volkswagen revealed that over 3.3 million clients and Audi’s luxury automobile affiliate Audi were affected by a data breach. This leakage lasted more than two years.
A vendor informed Mercedes-Benz on June 11, 2021 that the cloud storage platform had inadvertently made sensitive personal information of less 1,000 Mercedes-Benz customers and potential buyers available. This confirmation was part an ongoing investigation that was conducted in collaboration with the vendor. An external security researcher was able to uncover the issue. We believe that the information was entered by customers or interested buyers on dealer or Mercedes-Benz websites between January 1, 2014. and June 19, 2017. This incident did not compromise any Mercedes-Benz systems. We also have no evidence that any Mercedes-Benz files had been maliciously misused.
MBUSA is concerned about data security. Our vendor confirmed that the issue has been resolved and that it cannot be repeated. We will continue to investigate the situation to ensure that it is appropriately addressed.
According to the vendor, the personal information of these individuals (less then 1,000) consists mainly of self-reported credit scores, as well as very few driver license numbers, social insurance numbers, credit card information, and dates of birth. The information would require special software programs and tools to view it. An Internet search would not return any of the files. (Heimdal Security)
About Mercedes Benz
Mercedes-Benz’s history and origin.
Mercedes-Benz history begins in 1886, when Karl Benz, an engineer, invented the first car. This invention set the standard for innovation and technology that is still evident today.
Gottlieb Daimler und Karl Benz
Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Benz and others invent the high-speed engine and automobile independently in the 1880s. This laid the foundations of motorised private transport. Both engineers were able to do private development work with the support of financial backers and their partners. Benz founded Benz & Co. Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik in Mannheim in October 1883; the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) was founded in Cannstatt in November 1890.
Both companies wanted a distinctive trademark to distinguish their products and make them more familiar. They chose their initial names Benz and Daim.