Honda hack: Millions of customers’ email addresses stolen

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

American Honda says it has contacted millions of its customers after hackers stole a database containing names, email addresses, and VINs (the Vehicle Identification Number, or unique 17 character ID for your motor vehicle).

The obvious danger is that cybercriminals might use the list to send out emails to Honda customers, designed to trick them into clicking on malicious attachments or links, or fool them into handing over personal information. After all, if the hackers were able to present themselves as Honda, and reassured you that they were genuine by quoting your Vehicle Identification Number, then as a Honda customer you might be very likely to click on a link or open an attachment.

For that reason, Honda has contacted all of the 2.2 million customers it believes may have been affected by the security breach.

According to a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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