Monday 24 July 2017

Three Ireland customers not affected by UK cyber attack

Three, which took over rival 02 in 2015, has two million customers in this country (Stock picture)
Three, which took over rival 02 in 2015, has two million customers in this country (Stock picture)
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A huge cyber security breach has been reported by UK mobile providers Three, however a spokesperson has confirmed that Three Ireland has not been affected.

A statement to Independent.ie read: "Three Ireland is not affected. The system impacted is used solely by Three UK."

In the UK, Three said that the data accessed included names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth, but added that it did not include financial information. It is thought that 6m of Three UK’s 9m customers have been affected.

The company confirmed the breach on Thursday evening but declined to say whether customers' data was stolen or how many have been affected.

Three said that the hackers had been accessing customer accounts and upgrading them then intercepting the new phones, possibly in order to sell them on.

The British National Crime Agency is investigating the breach and said that three people have been arrested, two for computer misuse and one for perverting the course of justice.

Three has over nine million customers and it is understood that hackers, who used company access codes to get into the system, had access to large parts of the upgrade database.

The theft will prompt concerns that personal information of millions of customers could be sold online to criminals

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