Monday, October 20th13.6°C
23836
22828

Bell small business customer information breached in hacking attack

TORONTO - Bell Canada says 22,400 of its small business customers have had their account information compromised by hackers.

Bell says in a release the breach of usernames and passwords occurred when an Ottawa-based third-party supplier had its systems hacked, and the information posted to the Internet this weekend.

A hacking group calling itself Nullcrew is claiming credit for the attack, and tweeted a link to the data early Saturday.

Bell says five valid credit card numbers were included in the information dump.

The telecom giant says the affected account passwords have been frozen, and that it is contacting impacted customers and credit card companies.

Bell says its own systems were not hacked, and that its residential, mobility and enterprise customers are not affected.

The company says it is working with the unidentified third-party supplier along with "law enforcement and government security officials" to investigate the attack.

Twitter postings by the Nullcrew account suggest the supplier's network may have been compromised nearly three weeks ago.

"Successful day hacking Internet service providers is successful," the group tweeted Jan. 14.

Bell (TSX:BCE) spokesman Paolo Pasquini did not say when the company became aware of the attack, saying in an email only that Bell has been "contacting clients this weekend."

Pasquini added that the supplier "provided an ordering application for some small business services." He did not address a query on whether the compromised information had been encrypted.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News




Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14337.77+110.09
S&P CDNX811.351.22
DJIA16399.6719.26
Nasdaq4316.075+57.637
S&P 5001904.01+17.25
CDN Dollar0.8861-0.0004
Gold1247.80+8.80
Oil81.49-0.13
Lumber330.70-3.90
Natural Gas3.674-0.092

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.10-0.01
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.12+0.01
Cantex0.055-0.025
Anavex Life Sciences0.191+0.001
Metalex Ventures0.050.00
Russel Metals32.28-0.07
Copper Mountain Mining1.99+0.05
Colorado Resources0.15+0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.0111-0.0019
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.060.00
Mission Ready Services0.450.00

 



23434

FEATURED Property
18224713381 Ridge Boulevard, West Kelowna, BC
4 bedrooms 5 baths
$749,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Keep it rubber side down

This time of year, I always worry about which friends of mine will get caught going off the road in adverse weather conditions. With a little preparation most accidents can be avoided. Having won the...


Big bank predicts rate hike

Photo: Thinkstock.comThe end of record-low rates is nigh, according to one major bank, which has taken a stance and predicted when the Bank of Canada will raise its long-standing overnight rate. &ldq...


Experts share strategies in Kelowna

The third week in October is “Small Business Week”, a week dedicated to supporting local, small businesses. The week was designed to bring awareness to Canadians about the role small busin...

_








Member of BC Press Council


23121