Honda punch drunk from data leak

Carmaker Honda has warned its US punters that their personal details, including their car identification numbers, will be in the hands of hackers.

More than two million customers, whose details were contained in an e-mail database, have seen their data nicked.

Although Honda have not said it, it might be connected to the recent breach of the e-mail marketing firm Silverpop Systems.

Honda used Silverpop for years. Its data was breached and  customer data from McDonald’s and deviantArt nicked.

Honda said that the list contained the names, login names, e-mail addresses and vehicle identification numbers of more than two million Honda owners. Another list, containing only the e-mail addresses of nearly three million Acura car owners, was also copied.

The carmaker confirmed that no financial information was included in the hacked customer lists.

Honda has e-mailed everyone to warn them that their details have been stolen. It is worried that owners could be hit with an effective phishing attack. After all many will talk to phishers if they appear to be Honda and have their vehicle ID number.

“Be cautious of unsolicited emails requesting personal information. Often, these communications can look official. Be cautious of unsolicited emails requesting personal information.” Honda warned its customers

“If ever asked for this information, you can be confident it is not from us,” the warning said.