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Samsung claims the data breach exposed some customers’ names, birthdays and more

Samsung is warning users about a July cybersecurity incident that “acquired unauthorized third-party information from certain Samsung US systems,” including names, birthdays, contact information and product registration information. The company said it discovered the breach on August 4 and is currently investigating it with a “leading outside cybersecurity firm”.

According to the company’s FAQ about the incident, it is sending emails specifically to affected customers and will continue to do so as its investigation progresses. Samsung claims that not everyone has leaked the same information. The company did not immediately respond to the edgeA request for comment on which of its systems were specifically affected.

While the company says it doesn’t take Social Security numbers or debit/credit card numbers, the type of information hackers get is very useful in social engineering attacks on other services you use. If you’ve put off activating two-factor authentication on some important accounts, it’s not a bad idea to do it as soon as you can.

Samsung says you don’t need to change your password or take specific steps to secure your Samsung products or accounts at this time because “user devices are not affected by this incident.” However, the company recommends keeping an eye on your account for any unusual activity and being extra vigilant for phishing emails.

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