Hackers were able to access Three’s upgrade database. The country’s data protection regulator had earlier fined the TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc with $496,200 for failing to secure handsets.
One of Britain’s biggest mobile phone companies has been hacked.
The Telegraph has reported citing sources familiar with the incident that the security breach at Three, one of Britain’s largest mobile phone companies.
According to the report, hackers were able to gain access to the companies upgrade database using employee logins.
The breach has put private information of 2/3 of Three’s 9 million customers at risk.
However, Three’s spokesman, Nicholas Carter, has clarified, “This upgrade system does not include any customer payment, card information or bank account information.”
Three belongs to the CK Hutchison Holdings family. In the course of the last four weeks, Three has witnessed increasing levels of attempted handset fraud.
“To date, we have confirmed approximately 400 high-value handsets have been stolen through burglaries and eight devices have been illegally obtained through the upgrade activity,” said Carter.
He went on to add, “This has been visible through higher levels of burglaries of retail stores and attempts to unlawfully intercept upgrade devices.”
This October, Britain’s data protection regulator had fined TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc, a broadband service provider 400,000 pounds ($496,200) for failing to secure handsets which resulted in cyber-attacks which resulted in the exposure of data of 4 million customers and cost it 60 million pounds.