A branch of Cebuana Lhuillier (Source: Cebuanalhuillier.com)

Hanoi (VNA) – Pawnshop chain Cebuana Lhuillier of the Philippines announced on January 19 that personal information of around 900,000 clients were affected in a data breach involving their email server used for marketing purposes.

In its official statement, the parent company said that some of these leaked information included birthdays, addresses, and sources of income, while transaction details or information were not compromised.

The company's main servers remain safe and protected, it affirmed.

Cebuana Lhuillier said that it had immediately coordinated with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to investigate the incident, and already implemented safety measures to protect the personal data of its clients.

It also notified all affected clients and provided them guidance on how to further protect their personal information.

Cebuana Lhuillier is one of the leading and largest non-bank financial services providers in the Philippines with close to 2,500 branches nationwide. The company offers domestic and international remittance, pawning, micro-insurance, and micro-loaning services.-VNA