According to Russian media reports, the data of 8.7 million Beeline customers of Russia are available online.
Beeline is one of the leading telecommunications companies in Russia, with 55.3 million clients. Beeline has got clients in Russia, all of Asia and Australia. Beeline has more than 50 million subscribers in Russia out of which 3 million are broadband customers, with the bulk being mobile customers.
The company confirmed the breach and said that breached data consists of personal details such as full names, addresses, mobile and home phone numbers.
The Russian telco said that the data only included details on Russian customers who signed up for home broadband connections before November 2016. The majority of the data leaked was of users who are not Beeline customers anymore.
According to Russian news agency Kommersant, the breach happened in 2017 and the persons responsible were found at that time although they never made the hack public.
“All of the guilty were found and punished. Now, most of the information is outdated,” a Beeline press office representative said, adding that Beeline’s security service is still investigating the incident.
Although the attack took place in 2017, the data is now online. One can even find them through Telegram channels.
Recently Sberbank, one of the Russian’s largest financial institutions, faced the same problem after discovering an online selling ad the database containing personal and credit card details of more than 60 million customers.
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