Bell Canada hacked, 1.9 million account details illegally accessed
Bell, Canada’s largest communications company has confirmed on Monday that an anonymous hacker has managed to illegally access Bell customer information. It has been announced that the data accessed included approximately 1.9 million customer’s active email addresses and 1.700 customer’s names and active phone numbers.
Luckily, any financial data, password information or other type of sensitive data were not accesses, according to Bell Canada’s statement.
It’s not clear exactly how the hacker managed to access the data. It is also reported that the company took immediate steps to secure afected systems and working closely with the RCMP cyber crime unit in its invesitgation.
We apologize to Bell customers for this situation and are contacting those affected directly.
What Bell Canada customers need to do to protect?
This kind of personal data can be used in targeted attacks like telecom frauds or spear-phishing (an email-spoofing attack that targets a specific organization or individual) attacks. So, customers should be alerted to this type of attacks.
It is also advised to change your password as a precaution (if you are using the same password in multiple websites, change them too).
You can also check Bell’s Fraud Prevention recommendations by clicking here.
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