Rogue Trend Micro Employee Sold Customer Data for 68K Accounts
Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro on Tuesday disclosed a data breach affecting 68,000 customers whose data was sold to a threat actor by a malicious employee. The cybercriminals who purchased the data used it to contact customers over the phone in an attempt to scam them. Trend Micro discovered the breach after a string of customer complaints about scam calls in August of this year prompted it to launch an investigation.
The rogue employee obtained access to Trend Micro’s consumer database in order to steal records containing customer names, email addresses support ticket numbers, as well as the phone numbers of some customers. The company assured that “there are no indications that any other information such as financial or credit payment information was involved, or that any data from our business or government customers was improperly accessed.”