Hackers have breached personal details of almost 2,000 Vodafone customers on Saturday, the company announced.
The telephone company, which has 20 million customers in the UK, announced that hackers accessed 1,827 customers’ names, mobile phone numbers, and bank account details.
The news comes a week after another British telecoms company, Talk Talk, faced a major hacking attack on its website in which nearly 21,000 bank account numbers and sort codes were accessed.
Three people have been arrested in connection with that incident.
A Vodafone spokesman said that “only a handful of customers have been subject to any attempts to use this data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.”
“The information obtained by the criminals cannot be used directly to access customers’ bank accounts. However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts” the spokesman added. The so-called “phishing” scam involves hackers sending bogus messages to trick people into divulging their data.
Vodafone added that the accounts of customers affected had been blocked and they were being now contacted directly.