Swiss telecom giant Swisscom has announced they suffered a data breach late in 2017, exposing the personal details of roughly 800,000 customers.
Intruders were able to access the data through a sales partner last Autumn, showing that organizations continue to ignore third parties security processes.
Most of those affected were mobile customers, but a select few network subscribers were also hit. The 800,000 breached customers represent nearly 10% of the entire population of Switzerland.
Names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth were among the information compromised by intruders, but Swisscom is adamant that this data is “non-sensitive” and no malicious activity has affected customers as yet.
Upon discovery, Swisscom blocked the offending partners’ access rights. The company promised to introduce two-factor authentication for all sales partners, implement systems to raise the alarm in the case of any unusual activity, and make it impossible to run high volume queries for all customer data.
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