TransUnion Data Compromised, Possibly Affecting 37,000 Canadians

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Another security lapse has seemingly affected thousands of Canadians, as credit reporting agency TransUnion says it was compromised this past summer.

According to CBC News, TransUnion said there was a fraudulent login on a business customer’s account between June and July of this year, exposing its data.

TransUnion spokesperson David Blumberg said, “The unauthorized access was not the result of a breach or failure of TransUnion’s systems or our customer’s system.”

No details were provided by TransUnion on what kind of info was accessed. The company says it found out about the breach in August and notified customers affected and regulatory authorities.

The leasing division of Canadian Western Bank (CWB) was where credit report data was accessed.

“In August, we learned that CWB National Leasing’s account was illegally used by an unauthorized third party to perform unauthorized credit checks,” said company spokesperson Maya Filipovic.

CWB says no personal information was exposed or misused in any way.

With TransUnion seeing customer data possibly compromised, it joins rival credit reporting agency Equifax as being victim to data being exposed. In 2017, Equifax saw a data breach expose info from 147 million accounts, including 19,000 Canadians.

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