Bell Canada Reports Data Breach Affecting 100000 Customers

Hackers have breached Bell Canada second time within a year and exposed details of around 100,000 customers.

According to the company the breach exposed names and email address of customers along with some phone number, usernames, and account number.

The company also said that at this point there is no indication of any credit card or banking information were exposed.

Bell Canada is the largest telecommunication company in Canada and has almost 22 million customers.

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Earlier in a breach happened in May, hackers have exposed nearly 1.9 million bell customers email address and 1,700 names and phone numbers.

“We apologize to our customers and are contacting all those affected.There is an active RCMP investigation of the incident and Bell has notified appropriate government agencies including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner,” said BCE spokesman Mark Langton.

The company has alerted the customers about the breach and advised them to change their passwords and security questions frequently and also to review their financial accounts for any suspicious activities.

An additional layer of security, authentication and identification requirement also have been implemented.

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 to follow up actions,”  said Tobi Cohen, spokesman of  Office of the Privacy Commissioners.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner refused to disclose details of the breach as the investigation is still ongoing.

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