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Posted on October 4, 2018 by in Business, Data Breach & Technology, Personal

What happened?

Apollo, a company that provides sales engagement solutions to its clients, recently confirmed a massive data breach – first discovered in July 2018 – affecting over 200 million of its contacts. Hackers gained access to Apollo’s prospect databases to steal names, job titles, employers, social media handles, phone numbers, email addresses, and other business contact information.

Scope of the Data Breach

The start-up serves over 200 million contacts at 10 million companies, a report from Tech Crunch said. Luckily, the Apollo breach did not involve highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security numbers, login credentials, or financial information.

Apollo declined to answer questions surrounding the notification and investigation of this breach. However, Apollo’s founder and chief executive officer, Tim Zheng, noted that the breach investigation is ongoing and that the company has reached out to affected customers.

Take Action – Secure Potentially Affected Data

Even though sensitive information, like Social Security numbers and financial information, were not exposed, hackers can use your public information in social engineering scams and other targeted future attacks. Follow these three tips below to secure your information: