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Cyber Attack on Cognizant: From credit cards to personal information, employees data leaked

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IT major Cognizant has been hit by a ransomware attack that compromised individual data of a gigantic lump of its corporate client’s credit cards, which were given to its representatives.

The assault by the Maze ransomware happened in April, and Cognizant educated its workers that their own information including names and records of its corporate credit cards compromised.

“A limited amount of personal data (of associates) was compromised before the attack was contained on May 1. The vast majority of the information consisted of names and account numbers (and no other personal information) from some American Express cards,” Content of the email that was sent to Cognizant employees

It is expected to assume an effect of loss of $50-$70 million in its incomes in the current quarter. The company has asked the FBI to investigate the matter.

There is no data on whether the affected representatives were just situated in the US, or if workers from different geographies were affected also.

Cognizant has additionally told its workers that the individuals who held the corporate Credit Card will be offered access to charge card checking, Deep web observing, and restoration services for free, even to those whose information was not traded off in the assault.

The organization has likewise said that it has recognized a few representatives whose individual information past credit card data has been uncovered.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are giving notice to all associates who have an active corporate credit card,” Becky Schmitt, chief people officer at Cognizant said in the email to employees.

“The small number of associates who have had other kinds of personal information exposed will be notified directly by June 24, 2020, and will also receive complimentary identify theft protection,” the company reportedly said.

From reports, we have found out that it includes information such as tax IDs, social security numbers, passport data, driver’s license information, among others.


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