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UK mobile operator loses phones following data breach
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 07:37:04 PM »
UK mobile operator loses phones following data breach
18 November 2016, 5:48 pm



In a twist, thieves in the U.K. hacked personal data to steal high-end smartphones, rather than hacking phones to steal personal data.

The thefts came to light after mobile network operator Three noticed a recent increase in levels of handset fraud, the company said Friday.

By accessing the system Three uses to manage handset upgrades, the perpetrators were able to intercept new high-end handsets on the way to the operator's customers.

Three, however, said only eight devices have been illegally obtained through the upgrade activity -- compared to 400 stolen from its retail stores over the past four weeks.

The company sought to reassure customers concerned that their personal information may have been accessed in the attempt to steal the upgrade phones.

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