Vodafone UK confirms hackers accessed almost 2,000 customers’ records

2 Nov 2015714 Views

Vodafone is contacting all those who may be impacted by the data breach

Vodafone in the UK has confirmed that hackers accessed 1,827 customer accounts. This is the second major cyberattack on a UK telecoms company in less than a month.

It is understood that the attackers may have accessed victims’ bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts.

“This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone,” Vodafone said in a statement.

“No credit or debit card numbers or details were obtained. However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,” Vodafone added.

The attack is understood to have occurred on Thursday morning.

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Since then only a handful of customers have seen attempts to use their data in a fraudulent manner.

Vodafone is contacting all those involved.

In recent weeks, a 15-year-old schoolboy was arrested on allegations he may have been involved in a data breach of TalkTalk’s database involving bank details and dates of birth. A second schoolboy in the UK was also arrested at the weekend on suspicion of being involved in the TalkTalk attack.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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