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Wonga Data Breach Affects 245,000 UK Customers

Wonga Data Breach Affects 245,000 UK Customers

Payday loan firm Wonga has suffered a data breach affecting 245,000 customers in the UK.

The firm said it was “urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers”.

The information stolen includes names, addresses, phone numbers and bank account details.

Cybersecurity expert at the University of Surrey, Professor Alan Woodward, said it was “looking like one of the biggest” data breaches in the UK involving financial information.

In a statement, Wonga said: "We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused."

The firm, which provides short-term loans, said it had become aware of the breach last week but first thought no data was involved.

However, when the firm realised the attacks were more serious they started informing customers on Saturday by text and email.

A spokeswoman for the Information Commissioner’s Office said: "All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers' personal information secure."Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action." 

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