Mercedes-Benz has disclosed a data breach within one of its vendors which has affected customers and potential buyers based in the U.S.
In a statement, the company disclosed that fewer than 1,000 customers were affected in the breach, but details that were compromised include “personal information for these individuals (less than 1,000) is comprised mainly of self-reported credit scores as well as a very small number of driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, credit card information and dates of birth.”
The majority of the information leaked consists of customers’ names, home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. All individuals who have had further sensitive information breached, such as their credit card information or Social Security numbers, will be offered a 24-month subscription to a credit monitoring service.
Mercedes-Benz also confirmed that none of its systems were compromised and the issue has since been mitigated by the security vendor. The affected individuals submitted their information between the 1st January 2014 and 19th June 2017, on both Mercedes-Benz and dealer websites.
However, Mercedes-Benz assured customers that in order to view the information, “one would need knowledge of special software programs and tools — an internet search would not return any information contained in these files.”
The company has already begun to reach out to those affected by the breach and will notify the appropriate government agencies.