Nissan North America Data Breach Exposes SSNs: Affects Over 53,000

By
Will Gendron
May 16, 2024 3:37 PM
Nissan North America data breach exposed employee Social Security numbers. Learn steps to protect your identity.
Nissan North America Data Breach Exposes SSNs: Affects Over 53,000

The February 2024 Data Breach

On February 28, 2024, Nissan North America discovered a significant data breach that compromised sensitive personal information. This incident was the result of a targeted cyberattack identified on November 7, 2023. Nissan, upon discovering the breach, promptly involved law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to contain and mitigate the threat. Despite these efforts, the breach led to unauthorized access to various types of employee data.

Information Exposed

The data accessed during the breach included:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License number
  • Government-issued ID number (e.g., passport, state ID card)
  • Financial Information (e.g., account number, credit or debit card number)
  • Date of Birth

Nissan North America's Response

Following the discovery of the data breach, Nissan took immediate steps to enhance their security systems and practices. They engaged cybersecurity professionals to review and strengthen their security measures, ensuring such an incident does not recur. Additionally, Nissan is offering affected individuals complimentary access to Experian’s IdentityWorks services for 24 months to help monitor and protect their identities.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information was compromised in this breach, it is crucial to act swiftly to protect your identity:

  1. Enroll in the complimentary Experian IdentityWorks service offered by Nissan by visiting Experian's website and using the provided activation code.
  2. Monitor your financial accounts for any unauthorized activity and report them immediately.
  3. Consider placing a fraud alert and a credit freeze on your credit reports. Contact the major credit bureaus directly to do this:
    1. Experian: 1-888-397-3742 or visit their website
    2. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 or visit their website
    3. TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 or visit their website

About Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Corporation, is a major automotive manufacturer known for its wide range of vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and operates across several regions globally.

For further details on the breach and how to protect your information, you can view the official notifications on the Attorney General's websites for Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, and California.

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