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Warning for Samsung owners as ‘data breach’ leaks customers’ personal info online

SAMSUNG has admitted that it suffered a cyber security breach in July that compromised the data of some users in the U.S.

The hack revealed customers’ names, birthdays, contact information and more, the South Korean tech titan said Friday.

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Samsung, one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers, said it is sending email to those affected.

Customers’ social security numbers and credit card numbers were not leaked, the company said.

It was not immediately clear how many customers were affected. Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“In late July 2022, an unauthorized third party acquired information from some of Samsung’s U.S. systems,” the company said. 

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Samsung discovered the breach on August 4 and is investigating it with the help of “a leading outside cybersecurity firm.”

It’s currently unclear which of Samsung’s systems were affected.

The company said that nobody affected will have had the same information leaked.

The data compromised includes customers’ name, contact and demographic details, date of birth and product registration.

That type of information can be useful in social engineering attacks designed to steal your bank account information or online logins.

To protect yourself, it’s a good idea to activate two-factor authentication to protect your online accounts.

Samsung said that there is no need for customers to change their account passwords for the time being.

There’s also apparently no need to take additional steps to lock down your Samsung account or products.

That’s because “consumer devices were not affected in connection with this incident,” according to Samsung.

The company recommends, however, that customers keep an eye out for any unusual activity on their accounts.

Samsung owners should also take extra precautions to avoid getting scammed by phishing emails.

Phishing attacks lure victims to a website that appears to be operated by a trusted entity, such as a bank, social media platform or other service.

The website, however, is phoney with fake content designed to persuade a victim to enter sensitive information, like a password or email address.

Common giveaways to look out for are emails sent from unusual addresses and spelling mistakes in the body of the text.

If you’re unsure whether an email is a phishing attack or not, it’s best to be on the safe side and report it as spam.

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If you’re worried that you might have fallen for a financial scam, the first thing you should do is contact your bank.

You should then report it to ActionFraud. Their website is actionfraud.police.uk, and their phone number is 0300 123 2040.

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