According to Vodafone Group Plc., some hackers have access to customer account details, including bank details and phone numbers. This is the second hacking attack in just over a week for the UK phone carrier and the company needs to do something about it.
Since yesterday (October 31, 2015) Vodafone has been contacting over 1800 affected customers. It seems that the hackers accessed subscribers’ passwords and email addresses via a third party. However, the company has confirmed that its own systems were not affected by this attack.
Vodafone has noticed attempts to access customer accounts details around the midnight Wednesday and noon Thursday, when the company also started an investigation to discover what’s going on. Friday, the company has announced the Information Commissioners’ Office and the National Crime Agency, which are responsible for guarding the personal data privacy in the UK.
According to TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc, its systems had been attacked and the provider of TV and broadband packages received a ransom demand from the hackers. The police have arrested a 20 year old man along with two teenage boys that are in connection with the hack. We remind you that this hack has exposed around 21.000 unique bank account numbers. When TalkTalk was hacked, Vodafone said that the company has hired a team of security experts who will monitor the status of its network and that they will try to keep the customer data safe. Unfortunately, it is believed that the hackers have gained access to Vodafone customers’ phone numbers, names and the last four digits of their bank account numbers.
We remind you that in the UK, Vodafone had over 18 million mobile customers at the end of June 2015. T-Mobile US Inc, Sony Crop. And Dixons Carphone Plc, are also other companies who claimed that they’ve been attacked by hackers in the past year.
There have been a registered many big hacking attacks in the past months, such as the one from the adultery website AshleyMadison, which was hit in July 2015. At that time, the hackers obtained details of more than 36 millions users, which included emails, banking information and full names.
Hopefully, Vodafone and other mobile data companies will be able to stop these attacks, so that all our personal data won’t fall into the wrong hands of the hackers.
Is your mobile device connected to the Vodafone carrier in the UK? Do you trust this company?