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Customers are warned about phishing emails directly targeting them as a result of the information leaked
Bupa, the international healthcare group with a presence in 190 countries, has been stung by a data breach, after an employee inappropriately copied and removed information from one of the company’s systems.
547,000 customers have been affected by the breach. The data includes the names, dates of birth and nationality of customers, as well as some contact and administrative information such as membership numbers.
Mark James, security specialist at IT security company ESET, said that while there was a clear indication of what was and what was not stolen, the data could still be used in an attempt to scam or phish other details from customers.
James suggested that customers are more likely to fall victim to phishing in this instance because an e-mail could include their full name and membership details.
Bupa has advised its customers to: