Nissan Canada- victim of data breach-millions of customers may get affected

Nissan Canada says it has been the victim of a data breach that has exposed the personal financial information of 1.13 million customers of its vehicle-financing arm.

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

The company says that on Dec. 11, it became aware that “unauthorized persons” may have gained access to the personal information of some customers who financed their vehicles through one of the company’s two financing arms:

  • Nissan Canada Finance.
  • And INFINITI Financial Services Canada.

The company said, “While the precise number of customers affected by the data breach is not yet known, Nissan Canada Finance is contacting all of our current and past customers — approximately 1.13 million customers.”

“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.”

The company also says it is working with law enforcement and leading data security experts “to help rapidly investigate the matter.”

Anyone who bought a Nissan but didn’t use the company’s financing arm is not affected. It’s believed that hackers may have had access to the following information:

  • Customer name.
  • Address.
  • Vehicle make and model.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Credit score.
  • Loan amount and monthly payment.

Anyone potentially affected is being offered 12 months of credit monitoring services through TransUnion at no cost.