Gov't probes Cebuana Lhuillier data breach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) — The government is investigating the data breach that hit pawning and remittance company Cebuana Lhuillier.

Over 900,000 clients were affected, compromising information such as birthdays, addresses and source of income, the P.J. Luillier Group of Companies said in a statement on Saturday.

"We also notified all affected clients and provided them guidance on how to further protect their personal information," the firm said.

It assured clients that their transaction details were not affected and that the company's main servers remain safe and protected.

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro said the government was informed about the compromise of clients' information last Thursday.

"This incident is now under investigation," Liboro said. "We await further details as to scope and severity of the breach."

He said the company also asked a third party information security provider to help out with response and mitigation.