Vodaphone hit with Data Breach

Vodafone, a UK telecommunications company, announced this weekend that they had suffered a data breach.

Vodafone says that the attackers used customer details and logins from a currently unknown source to access accounts last Wednesday and Thursday.

1,827 customers had their accounts accessed, and their names, phone numbers, and bank information may have been compromised.

Vodafone insists that their system was not actually breached.  The attackers were only able to gain access because they had gotten a hold of login information from the unknown source.

Vodafone has already notified the affected customers, asked them to contact their banks, and take steps to protect their information. Vodafone claims that the compromised information wouldn’t be enough on its own to get into anyone’s bank account.  They’ve also warned customers to be on the lookout for phishing attacks.

In September of this year, Vodafone Australia  admitted that one of its employees illegally accessed the phone records of a local journalist in an attempt to reveal her sources on a story that negatively impacted the company. The journalist, Natalie O’Brien, had written a story back in January of 2011 for the Sun-Herald.  O’Brien claimed that her phone had been hacked, her messages read, and her call log copied and downloaded, after she revealed several serious vulnerabilities in Voda’s Seibel data system.

This breach also comes mere weeks after fellow British communications company, TalkTalk, was hit with a massive data breach. TalkTalk was hit with a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and SQL injection attack last week that led to a data breach. The company received a ransom note, and announced that the compromised information includes names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, telephone numbers, TalkTalk account information, and credit card and bank details.  Three arrests have been made in the case.


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