Update: Benesse data theft suspect’s smartphone had info on 22.6 million customers

Updated breach estimate and scope:

Education services provider Benesse Corp. said personal data on 22.6 million customers were stored on a smartphone owned by the Tokyo systems engineer under arrest on suspicion of theft and illegal copying of customer data.

While announcing the figure Monday, Benesse, a subsidiary of Benesse Holdings Inc., said the stolen information — the worst data leak in Japan’s history — also included customer data on its group firms’ online-shopping website Benesse Life Smile Shop and message board website Benesse Women’s Park.

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