General Electric (GE) has shown that one of their service providers had fallen for a data breach which ended up in the personal information which is identifiable of current and ex-former employees and beneficiaries, had been exposed online.
The Office of the California Attorney General had been filed with a notice of data breach, The company had described that Canon Business Process Services, which is a GE service provider, had an email account of one of their employees had been breached by an unauthorized party last month, saying:
“We were notified on February 28, 2020, that Canon had determined that, between approximately February 3 – 14, 2020, an unauthorized party gained access to an email account that contained documents of certain GE employees, former employees and beneficiaries entitled to benefits that were maintained on Canon’s systems.”
The files that had been gathered by the unauthorized party might possibly have included the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers, passport numbers, dates of birth and also additional information of GE employees and their beneficiaries.
The data breach notice said GE’s systems had not been affected by Canon’s security breach, although the company did hint that it will be taking measures in order to stop similar incidents from occurring later on.
For those that had been affected, Canon has offered to provide identity protection and credit monitoring services for free, for two years, using Experian. Although, the employees will need to sign up by June 30th in order to make use of the offer.
A supported hotline has also been made up by GE for those that were affected and they can seek more information about the issue.