AXA Insurance has been stung by a data breach that has affected 5,400 of its customers in Singapore - with personal data being stolen from its online portal.
The global insurance giant sent out an e-mail to affected customers today notifying them of the data breach.
In the e-mail, AXA's data protection officer Eric Lelyon said: "We wish to inform you that because of a recent cyber attack, personal data belonging to about 5,400 of our customers, past and present, on our Health Portal was compromised."
The details that were stolen included e-mail addresses, mobile numbers and date of births, but AXA claimed that no other personal data, including name, address, credit card or bank details, health status, claims history or marital status were exposed.
The insurer said that no other personal data including name, NRIC number, address, credit card or bank details, health status, claims history or marital status was exposed.
"No further action is required from you as the information that was compromised is not likely to, on its own, expose you to identity theft," said Lelyon.
He added that the company had taken action to secure its Health Portal to prevent an incident like this happening again, and it had also filed a police report.
AXA did warn affected customers to be vigilant against phishing, in case those with certain details attempt to uncover further personal details which could then be used for identity theft purposes - this includes incidents that may have happened before the data breach.
"In the unlikely event you feel that you may have inadvertently disclosed personal data as a result of a phishing attempt in the last few months, it is possible that this could be connected to this hacking incident, and if so, we urge you to file a police report. We also request that you reach out to us to let us know the details," Lelyon said.
V3 has been told that the data breach has not affected UK customers in any way.
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