NBA Canada Just Experienced A Massive Data Breach
Canadians are asking why it took so long for them to be informed.
The National Basketball Association in Canada is one of the latest companies to have experienced a serious breach of their fan's data, after food delivery company DoorDash and Capital One also suffered from huge digital intrusions earlier this year.
In an email to their fans and subscribers on Monday, the NBA confirmed that they had suffered an intrusion into one of their computer servers, which had contained information about an undisclosed number of Canadians.
Their email explained that the customer data that could have potentially been accessed by hackers may include names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and “other information you provided when you entered an online NBA contest."
According to the NBA's email statement, the breach only impacts those who have recently entered one of their online contests in Canada.
Despite the concerning amount of personal details that could have been accessed by the breach, the NBA promised fans that the hacked server had not contained any credit card information or any “other sensitive information.”
Their statement went on to say, “The NBA takes security matters very seriously. As soon as we became aware of this matter, we took the server offline, launched an investigation, and engaged security experts.”
Despite this, one Canadian Reddit user took to the discussion platform to ask why it had taken the NBA a whole month to get in contact with potentially affected fans, as their email states the breach took place on August 31, 2019.
The Reddit user noted, "It looks like NBA Canada has suffered from a Data Breach exactly one month ago. They just decided to inform us Canadians now."
The NBA confirmed in their email that they take security matters very seriously, and said they were working on improving their servers and taking preventative measures for the future.
In the meantime, their statement advises potentially affected fans to “exercise caution in the future when opening email links or attachments from unknown senders,” although it is also explained that no further action is required from fans.
Narcity has reached out to Canada’s NBA for further information regarding the August 2019 security breach. This article will be updated as and when a response has been received.