You might recall our report on the data breach at Canon back in August.
Months on, we’re finally getting some confirmation as to what exactly happened as well as the extent of the damage.
And it’s pretty extensive. Not only were current employees part of the data theft, but also former employees.
From Canon’s press release: “We determined that there was unauthorized activity on our network between July 20, 2020, and August 6, 2020. During that time, there was an unauthorized access to files on our file servers. We completed a careful review of the file servers on November 2, 2020, and determined that there were files that contained information about current and former employees from 2005 to 2020 and their beneficiaries and dependents. The information in the files included the individuals’ names and one or more of the following data elements: Social Security number, driver’s license number or government-issued identification number, the financial account number provided to Canon for direct deposit, electronic signature, and date of birth.”
Naturally, Canon is quite apologetic about all of this though that does little to make it all better. The press release goes on to detail how employees can check to see if their personal data is compromised through services like Equifax (themselves a victim of data theft not too long ago) or by contacting an agency for a free credit report.
As things currently stand, we’ve probably not heard the last of this story by far.
Have you kept up with the ransomware attack that hit Canon? Do you know anyone impacted? How should the company help those employees (past and present) that have had their data stolen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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