Deutsche Telekom Says Data From 17 Million Customers Was Stolen
Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that personal information from 17 million of its mobile phone customers was stolen in 2006, including secret telephone numbers of high-profile politicians and celebrities.More here.
Deutsche Telekom said the stolen data includes customer mobile phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth and, in some cases, email addresses. Bank information or credit card numbers were not accessed, said the Bonn-based firm.
There has reportedly been no indication that the data has been misused, though the Telekom said "extreme criminal energy" was behind the theft.
German newsmagazine Spiegel reported on Saturday, Oct. 4, that is had obtained access to the missing information via a third party. The news apparently came as a surprise to Deutsche Telekom, where the case was considered closed.
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