AmEx to Customers: Potential Data Breach

In the digital age, data breaches are unfortunately becoming more common. American Express can add its name to the long list of companies affected by hackers getting access to consumers’ personal information.

Earlier this week, American Express announced that over 76,000 customers in California would receive a breach notification letter after Anonymous Ukraine published some of its data earlier this year.

In a letter to the California Attorney General’s Office, American Express explained that even though 18,086 customers did not have their names released with the data, the company will be notifying all customers who could have been affected. only

“AXP was informed by law enforcement that several large files containing personal information were posted on internet sites by claimed members of ‘Anonymous,’ a worldwide hacking collective,” the American Express statement read. “The source(s) of the posted data is/are not currently known. The posted records contained varying data elements, but AXP has identified, and is providing notice via mail to, 58,522 California residents whose names and corresponding AXP account numbers were involved.”

In the letter sent to customers, the financial company explained that customers’ Social Security numbers were not part of the released information, however, their American Express Card account number, the card expiration date, the date the card became effective and the four digit code printed on the front of the card were released.

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