Hacker Hits Vodafone in Germany

Published on September 13, 2013
by Friedrich Geiger and Archibald Preuschat

Vodafone Group PLC’s German unit said Thursday the personal data of two million customers were compromised by a hacker who broke into one of its servers and stole data on customers’ names, bank codes, account numbers, addresses and birth dates.

“Vodafone discovered and stopped the attack, and quickly filed charges,” Vodafone said. “The attack was only possible due to…insider knowledge, and occurred deep in the company’s IT infrastructure,” it said. No country other than Germany has been affected.

A suspect has been identified and German law enforcement has searched his home. He worked for an external service provider and had access to Vodafone data, but was hacking into the server to obtain the information, said a spokesman.

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