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From: Chris Walsh (cwalshcwalsh.org)
Date: Sun Oct 05 2008 - 10:03:24 CDT
Deutsche Telekom rocked by massive data theft scandal
Published: 4 Oct 08 12:14 CET
Europe's biggest telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom has
confirmed the theft of personal data of more than 17 million of its
mobile phone customers, reportedly including politicians, ministers
and TV stars.
Deutsche Telekom on Saturday confirmed a report in Der Spiegel
magazine that the personal data of millions of customers of its mobile
phone division, T-Mobile, had been stolen. The theft took place in
2006 and the company said it had informed state prosecution
authorities at the time.
“Research on the Internet and data exchanges gave no indication that
the data was used or offered on the black market, “ a Telekom
spokesman said. “That’s why the company assumed that the data had not
been passed on.”
The company stressed that the stolen data did not include bank account
or credit card numbers. It, however, admitted that in some cases e-
mail addresses had also been stolen along with the names, addresses
and mobile phone numbers of its T-mobile customers.
According to Der Spiegel, the stolen data had already fallen into the
hands of criminals. The data includes the private details of several
prominent entertainers, TV stars, politicians, businessmen and
millionaires, the magazine said, adding that distribution of their
data by criminals could pose a safety risk.
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