Wonga Data Breach Hack

Wonga Data Breach Hack ‘affects 245,000 UK Customers’


  • The payday loan firm Wonga has suffered a data breach hack which may have affected up to 245,000 customers in the UK.
  • The firm said it was “urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers”.
  • The information stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers, bank account numbers and sort codes. The range of information stolen may also include the last four digits of customers’ bank cards – information used by some banks as part of the login process for online accounts.
  • Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Surrey, said it was “looking like one of the biggest” data breaches in the UK involving financial information.
  • A further 25,000 customers in Poland were also potentially affected. In a statement, the firm said: “We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
  • Wonga said it did not believe the attackers had gained access to users’ loan accounts, but warned them to be vigilant.
  • The lender, which provides short-term loans, said it had became aware of the breach last week but at that time thought no data was involved.


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December 4, 2017