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Hackers steal data from 800,000 Orange customers

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

The French operator Orange reports unknown by an attack coming on data from three per cent of its customers. This corresponds to almost 800,000 people. The attack took place already on January 16th, as French media reports.

"These attackers have accessed personal data about three per cent of Orange customers in France, but as soon as the attack was noticed, defensive measures were taken and the 'My account' page closed", said in a statement that exists in ZDNet.

The passwords can "not be used" the first opinion according to, were obviously encrypted or hashed separately. A phishing campaign could be with the stolen personal data however perform. They consist of name, postal address, E-Mail address, phone number and customer number in Orange. The latter was the provider according to "masked" or "cut off".

Orange has notified the persons concerned. It pointed out that they must not take steps themselves. "Thefts of this nature serve mainly to propel phishing activities. We ask our customers to remain attentive and never to provide personal information in emails or contained links to click, who are perhaps not trustworthy."

It is not known how the attackers could penetrate in the systems of Orange. European telecom companies need 24 hours to national authorities report data thefts due last year of adopted rules, but not specifying whether the data was encrypted or not.

[with material from Liam Tung,]

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