Popular Beverage Manufacturer Victim of Breach
Pepsi Bottling Ventures, which is America’s largest manufacturer and distributer of Pepsi-Cola products, was hit with a data breach around December 23, 2022, but it wasn’t officially discovered until January 10.
The malware, which walked away with personal and financial information, was the result of an unknown party accessing their internal IT systems, installing malware and downloading information. The information that was stolen includes, but is not limited to, first and last names, home addresses, PIN numbers, passwords, driver’s license numbers, health insurance information, passport information, and digital signatures.
Pepsi took prompt action and reported the incident to law enforcement. Additionally, all company passwords were changed and the victims were offered a year’s worth of free identity theft monitoring services from Kroll, a risk and response provider. They suggest all victims also change their usernames, passwords, security question answers and any other confidential information that may have been compromised.
Unfortunately, this threat will remain in effect since the stolen data can be used at any time, including phishing, identity theft, and being sold on the dark web.
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