Wonga data breach may affect over 250,000 UK customers

Wonga offers short term high cost credit (STHCC) loans at interest rates starting at over 1,200% per annum, became aware of a problem last week but did not realise until Friday that data could be accessed externally. It alerted the authorities and started to contact borrowers offering a dedicated customer services phone line for those affected.

Wonga said it was “urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access” to the personal data of some of its customers in the UK and Poland;  It is understood that the breach could affect up to 270,000 current and former customers.

The company would not disclose where the breach had taken place.