Pay-day loan company Wonga has suffered a mammoth security breach that has seen the personal informaton of as many as 270,000 customers exposed.
After informing affected borrowers on Saturday, the company issued a statement saying it was "urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers". It’s unknown just how many are affected, but it could be up to 245,000 in the UK with a further 25,000 in Poland.
Wonga has advised customers to be "extra vigilant", and has told them to alert their banks of any potential suspect activity going on in their account.
Speaking of the breach, Rob Norris, VP head of Enterprise and Cyber Security EMEIA at Fujitsu advised customers to be vigilant with all of their online accounts: “With breaches of such a magnitude like this on a daily basis, it’s vital that both consumers and organisations take a proactive approach when it comes to security. Organisations need to think about what data they need to protect and focus on the integration of threat intelligence and other information sources, to provide the context necessary to deal with today’s advanced cyber threats.
"They also need to be astute as to what third party organisations they work with and ensure they don’t pose a security threat, as hackers will look for back doors into an organisation through suppliers that might not have as tight security precautions."