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Massive Advance Auto Parts Data Breach Exposes Millions

The threat actor has specified that a middleman is required to facilitate the sale of the stolen data, and no dealings will be conducted via Telegram.

by Samiksha Jain June 6th, 2024

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a significant provider of automobile aftermarket components, has allegedly suffered a massive data breach. A threat actor going by the handle “Sp1d3r” claimed Advance Auto Parts data breach.

The threat actor further claims to have stolen three terabytes of data from the company’s Snowflake cloud storage. The stolen information is allegedly being sold for US$1.5 million.

According to the threat actor, Sp1d3r, post the stolen data includes:

  • 380 million customer profiles, containing names, emails, mobile numbers, phone numbers, addresses, and more.
  • 44 million Loyalty/Gas card numbers, along with customer details.
  • Information on 358,000 employees, though the company currently employs around 68,000 people. This discrepancy suggests the data might include records of former employees.
  • Auto parts and part numbers.
  • 140 million customer orders.
  • Sales history
  • Employment candidate information, including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and demographic details.
  • Transaction tender details.
  • Over 200 tables of various data.

The threat actor has specified that a middleman is required to facilitate the sale of the stolen data, and no dealings will be conducted via Telegram.

Furthermore, what’s worth noting is that in its post, the threat actor claimed to sell the stolen information of 358,000 employees, despite the fact that the organization now employs approximately 68,000 people. The disparity could be due to old data from former employees and associates.

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To find answers to these doubts and verify the threat actor’s claims, The Cyber Express Team reached out to the officials to verify the breach, however, as of writing this news report no response has been received. Therefore, the confirmation or denial of these claims has yet to be verified.

Advance Auto Parts operates 4,777 stores and 320 Worldpac branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves 1,152 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations, as well as in Mexico and various Caribbean islands.

Advance Auto Parts Data Breach: Linked to Snowflake Cyberattacks

The Advance Auto Parts data breach is part of a recent series of attacks targeting customers of Snowflake, a cloud storage company.

These attacks have been ongoing since at least mid-April 2024. Snowflake acknowledged the issue in a statement, informing a limited number of customers who they believe may have been impacted by the attacks. However, Snowflake did not provide specific details about the nature of the cyberattacks or confirm if data had been stolen from customer accounts.

This incident follows another significant breach involving Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster. Hackers claimed to have stolen personal details of 560 million customers, and the stolen data was hosted on Snowflake’s cloud storage. Live Nation disclosed this breach in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), revealing that a criminal actor had offered the company’s user data for sale on the dark web.

In response to the breach, Snowflake and third-party cybersecurity experts, CrowdStrike and Mandiant, issued a joint statement regarding their ongoing investigation into the targeted threat campaign against some Snowflake customer accounts. They are working diligently to understand the extent of the breach and mitigate its impact.

Screenshots shared by the threat actor indicate that the leaked data contains numerous references to ‘SNOWFLAKE,’ supporting the claim that it was stolen during the recent Snowflake data theft attacks.
The full extent of the data breach and its implications for Advance Auto Parts and other companies using Snowflake remains to be seen.

With Snowflake’s large client base and the significant volume of data they manage, the repercussions could be widespread. Only time will tell how many more companies will disclose their data breaches linked to the recent Snowflake attacks.

In the meantime, affected customers and employees are advised to monitor their personal information closely and take necessary precautions to protect their data. Companies utilizing Snowflake’s services should stay vigilant and follow cybersecurity best practices to safeguard their data against potential threats.

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