Vodafone Italy confirmed data breach after reseller compromised
One of the commercial resellers of Vodafone Italy, FourB recently faced a cyberattack. Post which Vodafone notified its customers and vendors of the latest data breach. FourB is one of the leading telecommunications companies in Italy and one of the resellers of telecommunications for Vodafone Italy.
The cyberattack took place in the first week of September and approx. 310 GB of customer data was exposed. The leaked data includes details about the customers, contact numbers, and other sensitive information. A hacking group called KelvinSecurity has taken responsibility for this cyberattack and published 310 GB of stolen data from Vodafone Italia on chat systems and one of the hacker forums for sale.
The intention of KelvinSecurity group is to inform the companies about the vulnerabilities and offers services to fix the issues in exchange for a fee. In this scenario as well, the group claimed that they initially wanted to warn the company about the discovered flaws. However, the company failed to address their warnings and as a result, they auctioned the stolen data for sale.
Vodafone Italy has warned its customers against any incoming communications that may be the result of the data breach. Meanwhile, the company has stated that FourB has locked the compromised servers and has implemented several measures to avoid such incidents in the future.
Vodafone is also conducting an internal investigation of the breach and they are yet to discover proof related to any damage to the internal systems and network. In a notice published by the company, it reads “no account passwords or network traffic data have been compromised as a result of this incident”.
With a recent spike in cybercrimes lately, giant companies have become more vulnerable to these attacks. They are easy targets due to the vast number of customers, dealerships, and hacker groups who are aware that such companies can afford to fulfill their demands to secure the privacy of their valuable customers.