Following TalkTalk hack, now Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. The company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on the 29th, it saw an unauthorized party attempt to access customer’s details, including bank account numbers.
Vodafone said 1,827 accounts were accessed, potentially providing criminals with customers’ names, mobile numbers, bank sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts. No credit or debit card details were accessed and the information obtained by the criminals “cannot be used directly to access customers’ bank accounts”.
A Vodafone spokesman said — “This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone. Vodafone’s systems were not compromised or breached in any way.” He also added — “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,”
With the targeted accounts already blocked, Vodafone says it has begun contacting customers who may have been affected. Banks have been put on alert for fraud and the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are working to identify the cause of a potential early leak and ensure that all necessary procedures are followed.
Last week broadband, TV, mobile and fixed-line service provider TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with that attack.