Tele Columbus confirms hacker attack on customers

Monday 6 November 2017 | 11:16 CET | News

Germany’s Tele Columbus confirmed that 74 customers in its Tele Columbus and Primacom systems were affected by a hacker attack on 26 October. Tele Columbus’s IT systems detected suspicious systems queries on 26 October that indicated unauthorized access from outside. The company then immediately initiated investigations that found data from 74 customers were targeted. 

Tele Columbus said these security holes were immediately closed. 

During the attack, hackers obtained the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) of 56 customers without any additional customer data. But for another 18 customers, hackers manage to access both their IBAN and name associated to the account. Tele Columbus said it is engaged in a direct dialogue with these 18 customers to mitigate potential damages. 

Tele Columbus has already informed all 74 of the affected customers about the nature and scope of the potential threat; customers that have not been informed about the incident are not affected. Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and data protection authorities have also been alerted.

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