Vodafone has become the latest corporate giant to fall victim to hackers, after confirming that thieves had stolen account details for 1,827 customers.
According to Vodafone, whose breach comes hard on the heels of the much larger TalkTalk data leak, customers’ names, mobile phone numbers, bank sort codes and the last four digits of their accounts have been accessed.
However in contrast to the TalkTalk incident, Vodafone claims its internal systems were not compromised and that the breach occurred through an external source. The attack occurred on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
Vodafone has since blocked the accounts of customers who were affected and has asked their banks to be vigilant. It has also contacted victims and asked them to change their passwords.
As is standard practice it has also warned that the customers who were involved could still be vulnerable to fraud and has asked them to keep a close eye on activity through their bank account.
Vodafone said: “We would like to make clear that only the 1,827 customers, who have all been contacted, have been affected by this incident: no other customers have been affected or need to be concerned, as the security of our customers’ data continues to one of our highest priorities.”
The breach is thought to have been made possible by the fact that consumers often use the same password for a host of services and accounts.