Hundreds of Thousands Exposed in Wonga Breach

Up to 270,000 customers affected in breach of UK business.

Wonga is a payday loan firm which has a history of controversy. Now, leaking customer’s personal information can be added to that history.

Wonga became aware of an issue last week, and soon learned that user data could and was being accessed. The company contacted the authorities and began contacting customers to alert them of the breach. That contact came in the form of a message which stated “We believe there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your personal data on your account.”

What was that personal data? It includes,

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Last four digits of card number
  • Bank account number and sort code

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.” states Wonga. So there’s that. So far, it is suspected that 270,000 current and former customers in the UK and Poland are affected. Of that number, 245,000 are UK customers.

This is just one more breach of customer information. Sadly, many of these companies don’t understand what cybersecurity actually means, and customers are paying the price. True cybersecurity means staying current with modern, ever changing threats. As John Chen recently stated “We recognize that security is a cat and mouse game, requiring constant investment and innovation” BlackBerry recognizes modern security needs. When will others?



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