Bell Canada alerts customers to data breach — 100,000 affected: Reports


spaminator
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Bell Canada alerts customers to data breach — 100,000 affected: Reports
Canadian Press
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Published:
January 23, 2018
Updated:
January 23, 2018 2:42 PM EST
Bell Canada head office is seen on Nun's Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal.Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — Bell Canada alerted some customers on Tuesday that their information has been illegally accessed in a data breach that appears to have compromised names and email address but no credit card or banking information.
An emailed warning to consumers issued by John Watson, a Bell Canada executive vice-president, didn’t say how many Bell customers were affected but media reports suggest it could be 100,000. The company did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.
An emailed statement from Bell Canada executive John Watson notifying customers of a data breach.The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it had been notified Tuesday of a breach, but that the law limits how much it can reveal at this time.
“We are following up with Bell to obtain information regarding what took place and what they are doing to mitigate the situation, and to determine follow up actions,” it said in an email to The Canadian Press.
Bell’s notice to customers said additional security, authentication and identification requirements have been implemented.
“When discussing your account with our service representatives, you will be asked for this additional information to verify your identity,” Watson’s email said.
However, the Montreal-based company — Canada’s largest phone company and one of the country’s largest media companies — didn’t provide details on when the breach occurred or if it was related to any other hack.
The announcement comes eight months after Bell Canada revealed that an anonymous hacker had obtained some customers’ names and telephone numbers as well as email addresses.
That hack included approximately 1.9 million active email addresses and approximately 1,700 customer names and active phone numbers.
The latest data breach at Bell also follows several other high profile hacks at companies that have affected Canadians in recent months, including at credit monitoring company Equifax and car-hailing service Uber, though those companies did not immediately disclose the breaches.
Meanwhile, the government is in the process of reviewing changes to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act that would require companies to notify people in the event of a serious data breach.
But until those come into force, Alberta is the only province in Canada that has mandatory reporting requirements for private-sector companies.

Bell Canada alerts customers to data breach
 
Danbones
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Never did like that corp much. Funny they didn't blame NK or Russia.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Never did like that corp much. Funny they didn't blame NK or Russia.

... or Rogers (another anti-Christ)
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

... or Rogers (another anti-Christ)

The only people that like Rogers are those who are currently with Bell and visa versa.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

The only people that like Rogers are those who are currently with Bell and visa versa.

The CRTC is a sham.
 
Fiasco
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

The CRTC is a sham.

Lol.