Vodafone says hackers managed to steal account data of nearly 2,000 customers

Vodafone says hackers managed to steal account data of nearly 2,000 customers
Early Saturday, Vodafone UK said that hackers successfully accessed customer accounts. It was the second such attack against a British telecom provider in October, this time affecting 1,827 customers.

Using data obtained outside of Vodafone’s systems, the perpetrators used email and password combinations to get into Vodafone’s customer portal. From there, they could get the customers’ bank sort codes, part of the bank account numbers, names and phone numbers.

If there is any good news to be found, it is in the fact that no credit or debit card numbers were compromised. The information that was gathered however, makes it easier to conduct fraudulent activity on the Vodafone accounts or target for phishing scams.

Vodafone is contacting the customers whose information was accessed and stated that other customers’ information is intact.

The previous attack in October was against Vodafone MVNO, TalkTalk, who saw about 20,000 customer records get breached. However, two teenagers believed to be tied to that incident have been arrested.

What this incident further illustrates is the need to not recycle common passwords across services you may use. The email/password combinations obtained from outside sources made an impressive dent in obtaining data, even it was a mere 1,800 out of Vodafone’s 450 million global subscribers.

source: VentureBeat

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5 Comments

1. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

They have 2,000 customers?

3. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Vodafone have always been by far the most expensive so I'm surprised they even have 2000 customers.

4. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No, this is just the number they got into using login info they hacked from some other website, where customers used the same login info, that all

5. bikrame

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

What a cheap hacker , 2000 customer info !!! At least he should respect his profession !!

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

not worth it!

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