Wonga Data Breach Hack
- 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.