General Motors hit by cyber-attack

US car manufacturer General Motors (GM) was hit by a cyber-attack last month, it has emerged.

Hackers compromised some online accounts of GM customers in April, potentially accessing addresses, phone numbers and other personal information, according to a data breach notice filed with California regulators.

In a letter to affected customers, GM said it identified suspicious login attempts to an unspecified number of accounts between 11 April and 29 April. The intrusions allowed hackers in some cases to redeem gift cards using reward points.

It was unclear how many accounts were affected, although the California Attorney General’s Office has reported that nearly 5,000 breach letters were sent to state residents. 

Social Security numbers and driver’s license details weren’t compromised, the company said.

GM told customers that hackers didn’t obtain passwords from GM’s systems but rather obtained them from other websites where customers might reuse their login credentials. 

The company recommended its customers reset their passwords and use unique 

GM operates an online platform that assists owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles manage their bills and redeem rewards points.

GM added that it will be restoring rewards points for all affected customers.

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