Number Affected by Breach Continues To Rise
DATA LOSS—EU & U.S.November 13, 2013
More than 1.5 million Europeans have had personal information compromised by a security breach at Loyaltybuild, a company that manages customer loyalty programs across Europe, The Irish Times reports. The Garda has launched an investigation into the incident, which saw nearly 400,000 individuals’ credit card details exposed. Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said the financial data was not encrypted. Another 150,000 individuals’ details have been “potentially compromised,” and the breach looks to be the result of an external criminal act, Hawkes said. Meanwhile, in the U.S., hundreds have been affected by a data breach dating back to 2001 in Indiana.