Vodafone accounts in UK hacked
VODAFONE in Britain said on Saturday that hackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers last week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company last month.
The attackers had potentially gained access to the victims' bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts, along with their names and mobile telephone numbers, a Vodafone spokesman said. "This incident was driven by criminals using e-mail addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone," he added in a statement.
Only a handful of those affected in the Thursday morning attack had seen any attempts to use their data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.
"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," the spokesman said. The firm was contacting all those involved and said that other customers need not be concerned.
Last week, broadband, TV, mobile and fixed-line service provider TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its four million customers into the hands of criminals.
Fewer than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed.
British police said they made a third arrest in connection with the cyber attack on TalkTalk. A 20-year-old man from Staffordshire, central England, was being held in custody and his address was being searched, London police said in a statement.
The follows the earlier arrest of two boys - aged 15 and 16 - who have since been released on bail.