Breach, Data Security

UniCredit data breach impacts 3 million Italians

Italian global banking and financial services company UniCredit S.p.A. yesterday disclosed a data breach incident involving a file containing roughly 3 million records.

The file was generated in 2015, which suggests that customers who created accounts in 2016 and beyond are likely safe. Affected information consisted of customers' names, cities, telephone numbers and emails.

UniCredit said that the impacted records were "limited to the Italian perimeter," and did not include any banking details that would allow attackers to access customer accounts or perform unauthorized transactions, the company stated in an online notification.

The financial institution did not explain what caused the breach, but it said it reacted to the incident by launching an internal investigation and contacting authorities.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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