Consumer lender Latitude Financial has disclosed a major data breach that resulted in the theft of 14 million customer records, including personal information, drivers licenses, passports, and financial statements.
The company, which provides personal loans and credit to customers, had initially downplayed the extent of the breach when it was first reported in mid-March. However, a recent forensic review revealed that approximately 7.9 million Australian and New Zealand driver license numbers were stolen, along with 53,000 passport numbers and 100 monthly statements. The stolen records date back to at least 2005 and include personal information such as name, address, telephone, and date of birth. The company's CEO, Ahmed Fahour, has apologized to customers and committed to working closely with them to minimize the risk and disruption caused by the breach.