Yesterday morning Vodafone Germany made the announcement that no company wants to make, revealing that they had be hacked and in the process had lost names, bank account numbers and sort codes for over 2 million customers in Germany to the hackers.
Stating that they were subject to a highly sophisticated and illegal intrusion into one of its servers, Vodafone believe that the hacker may have been an individual working inside Vodafone, who hey have now identified by the police and their assets have been seized.
This was explained by Vodafone in the following statement:
“The criminals responsible have gained access to the names, addresses, birth date, gender, bank sort code and bank account numbers of approximately 2 million applications from individuals seeking to sign up with Vodafone Germany. Importantly, the criminals have not gained access to any credit card details, mobile phone numbers, passwords or PIN numbers. They have also not gained access to any personal call information or browsing data.”
“We have instructed independent security experts to advise on the potential implications for the individuals affected so we can offer them advice and take the best action to help them. In the absence of passwords, PINs or credit card details it is very unlikely that criminals would gain direct access to an individual’s bank account. However, there is a heightened risk that the criminals may request a fake direct debit application which would be immediately visible to the account holder and which could be immediately blocked or reversed under well-established banking protection measures.”