2017 seemed to be the year of data breaches, and it looks like the trend is continuing into 2018. Last week a representative from Bell Canada confirmed that a data breach occurred, affecting almost 100,000 Canadians. The breach was the second in less than a year, the first happening last May, when an anonymous hacker obtained 1.9 million customer emails.
"We apologize to our customers and are contacting all those affected," said Bell spokesperson Marc Choma in an email.
Bell added that the appropriate government agencies, including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, have been notified.
"Bell works closely with law enforcement, government and the broader technology industry to combat the growth of cybercrimes, and we have successfully supported law enforcement in past prosecutions of hackers," Choma said.
Bell Canada has notified the public that the hackers gained access to personal information including names, email addresses, phone numbers, and user names. One saving grace seems to be that those who hacked into the system spared the credit card and banking information of Bell customers.
Canada’s biggest telecom company has yet to say when the breach itself occurred as the investigation is still on going. And, while the jury is still out as to whether this breach is related to the one that occurred last May, the person or group claiming to be behind the last attack warned in an online post that more data would be leaked if Bell did not co-operate.