Vodafone Hacked

Vodafone UK Hacked

Vodafone UK reported today 1,827 customers had their account accessed by hackers this week. Customers have had their bank details and personal information stolen.

Vodafone said the attacker got access to customers’ names, mobile numbers, bank sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts.

Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with that attack. One of them a 15 year-old boy in Northern Ireland on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offenses.

Vodafone comments were very strange:  “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.”

You can see their statement of unauthorized access at this link: http://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/pressrelease/statement-on-unauthorised-account-access/.

Seems this is related to a bigger hacking activity targeting 15  big name brands, including Vodafone, Visa, Sky TV, Amazon, TalkTalk and Ticketmaster.

Criminals were selling the data on the Dark Web. Last night the police and National Crime Agency launched an investigation after this newspaper discovered:

  • TalkTalk customer details from last month’s hack are being sold on the so-called Dark Web – the unregulated part of the internet – for as little as £1.63;
  • Visa debit card details of Halifax account holders can be bought for £10 each;
  • Mobile phone accounts for Vodafone, O2, EE and TV subscriptions for Sky and BT Sport customers are also for sale. When presented with our findings, Vodafone admitted that more than 1,800 customer records had been compromised, and some had been affected by fraudulent activity;
  • Passwords and user names for major retailers such as Amazon, Uber, Ticketmaster and Ocado have also been stolen and are being sold in bulk. Sandwich chain Subway last night told its online customers to change their passwords as a result of our findings;
  • Nectar card and Boots Advantage card loyalty points are being sold, as well as Airmiles.

My question to you is, does your company has any strategy regarding monitoring the Dark Web against this type of threats? What you think is the best approach to this?

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