Aug 27, 2014

'Personal info deletion' scams surge after Benesse leaks

A growing number of people are falling prey to a phone scam in which perpetrators pose as public officials and demand money in return for deleting what they claim is leaked personal information, the National Consumer Affairs Center has warned. The center wants consumers ...

Aug 2, 2014

Students dropping Benesse after data theft

Education company Benesse Holdings Inc. is losing subscribers to its “shinkenzemi” correspondence courses after confidence in its ability to protect their privacy was shaken by the massive data theft at Benesse Corp. last month. The service, which operates by exchanging coursework through postal mail, ...

Benesse cancels earnings forecast

Aug 1, 2014

Benesse cancels earnings forecast

Benesse Holdings Inc. has withdrawn its earnings forecast for the year because it can’t determine how the theft of its customer data will impact its correspondence education subsidiary. The company said Thursday it booked ¥26 billion as a special loss for the April-June quarter ...

Jul 25, 2014

Name list firm made ¥1.2 million selling Benesse client data

A name list trader who bought Benesse Corp.’s customer information from a systems engineer arrested last week resold information on some 4.5 million of the customers to an education company in Kyushu for ¥1.2 million (about $11,700), investigative sources said Friday. The Tokyo Metropolitan ...

Jul 24, 2014

Buyer allegedly sold stolen Benesse data to 50 firms: NHK

A name-list broker who bought stolen customer data from a systems engineer working for a Benesse Corp. contractor allegedly sold the data to 50 companies, including cram schools, NHK reported Thursday, citing investigative sources. The investigators at the Metropolitan Police Department have revealed the ...

Jul 18, 2014

ECC linked to Benesse data theft

Major language school ECC likely bought some of the customer information stolen from rival Benessee and used it to send high school students cram school brochures.