Vodafone Germany states hacker steals data of 2 million customers
ReutersFRANKFURT--A hacker has gained access to one of Vodafone Germany's servers and has stolen the personal data of about 2 million customers, the company said on yesterday.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The hacker had access to customers' names, addresses and bank account numbers, the group said, adding that the person did not get any passwords, security numbers or connection data.
Vodafone said it was not possible that the data was of any use to the hacker. “It is hardly possible to use the data to gain direct access to the bank accounts of those affected,” Vodafone said in a statement.
Privacy and personal data are sensitive issues in Germany due partly to a history of heavy surveillance of citizens in the former communist East and under Hitler's Nazis.
Vodafone warned its customers that, with potential “phishing” attacks or fake emails, criminals would try to get more information containing passwords and credit card details.
A spokesman stated that they are working with police to investigate the matter and had sealed the ports the hacker had used to gain access to its servers.