What the world’s largest eyewear company’s data breach means for you


Have you ever tried on a glasses to see if you could find a pair that fit just right? Sure can be tough sometimes. Well, there’s a good chance that those glasses you tried on were all owned by Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear conglomerate and they’ve suffered a massive data breach.

Never heard of Luxottica? They own LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Apex by Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical, Eyemed vision care plan, and Glasses.com. Its best known brands are Ray-Ban, Persol, and Oakley. Luxottica also makes sunglasses and prescription frames for designer brands such as Chanel, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Miu Miu, and Tory Burch. If you’re interested in finding out about how Luxottica has cornered the eyeglass market, check out Adam Conover in his show, Adam Ruins Everything where he exposes the conspiracy behind your glasses.


This breach is bad. Not only were their computers encrypted with ransomware so their business came to a standstill, cybercriminals stole a huge trove of files related to the personnel office and finance departments, containing confidential information regarding their recruitment process, professional resumes, and info about the internal structures of the Group’s human resource department.

The exposed financial data includes budgets, marketing forecast analysis, and other sensitive data. This is a big problem considering that Luxottica employs over 80,000 people and generated $9.4 billion in revenue last year.

The Takeaway

If you’ve ever visited a LensCrafters, Target Optical or EyeMed, know that threat actors may have gained access to your personal data (PII) and protected health information (PHI), such as medical conditions and history. They may even have your credit card and social security number. Luxottica is offering a free two-year identity monitoring service to patients who received a notice by mail, which they started sending out at the end of October. But, as I’ve said before, it’s up to you to keep an eye out for suspicious activity on your credit report.

Usually you can only get your credit report from the 3 credit reporting agencies Experian, Equifax and Transunion once per year. Because of Covid, they are allowing you to get it once per week until April of 2021 – the website is annualcreditreport.com. Go do that, right now.

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