Hackers break into some Vodafone UK customer accounts

November 02, 2015 09:02
Vodafone has become the latest target of hacker attacks in Britain. Photo: Bloomberg

Vodafone UK said over the weekend that hackers broke into the accounts of 1,827 of its customers, potentially gaining access to some personal information and bank details.

The hackers may have 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, according to the firm.

"This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone," Reuters cited a Vodafone spokesman as saying on Saturday.

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, he said.

"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 incident marked the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month. 

Earlier in October, TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.

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