#CyberFLASH: Hacker group posts usernames and passwords from more than 20,000 Bell customers

BCE Beats Profit Estimates as Smartphone Subscribers Gain

More than 20,000 small business customers of telecommunications giant Bell Canada were the victims of what the company is calling an “illegal hacking” incident that left their user names and passwords publicly exposed on the Internet during the weekend.

Observers say the latest hacking incident, which follows on the heels of a Yahoo breach last week, should send a message to businesses, governments, and individuals: Brace for more hacking of personal information as the amount of time spent online interacting — and transacting — increases.

Five valid credit card numbers were also posted online as a result of the latest hacking incident, which Bell says involved the information system of one of its third-party suppliers based in Ottawa.

Bell spokesman Paolo Pasquini said the 22,421 small business customers affected are based in Ontario and Quebec.

“There will certainly be a bunch of freaked-out businesses with this compromised data,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, who called the weekend hacking incident “quite disturbing.”

Read more here

About canux
© 2013 CyberTRAX Canada - All Rights Reserved.
Sponsored by C3SA Corp.