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Cyberattacks continue

More companies reporting cyberattacks

Two more US-based companies reported data breaches with Volkswagen US unit saying more than three million customer data were leaked and McDonalds announcing a “small number” of files with data for customers in South Korea and Taiwan had been stolen.

The reports came after a number of cyberattacks with the White House issuing instructions for companies to boost their computer system security.

Just a day prior to the VW and McDonald hacks, gaming company Electronic Arts reported hackers had stolen gaming code that the hackers had put up for sale  on various online forums.

The White House warning came after attacks on Colonial Pipeline and giant meat producer JBS with both companies admitting they had decided to pay ransom to get access to their systems after the hacks.

Volkswagen Group of America said an unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that its Audi Volkswagen brands and some US and Canadian dealers used for digital sales and marketing.

McDonalds said the breach included e-mail, delivery addresses and phone numbers – but not payment details.

The company said it would take steps to “notify regulators and customers listed in these files”.

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