Orange confirms details of 1.3 million customers were stolen
French telco giant warns of follow-up phishing attacks
Orange has warned people to be on their guard against phishing attacks after the personal details of 1.3 million of its customers were stolen by the hackers.
The French telecommunications group has confirmed the breach resulted in the victims' names, telephone numbers, birth dates and email addresses being compromised. The attack took place last month and was originally detected on 18 April, it added.
However, Orange has stressed that no credit card information or payment details were lifted during the breach.
Hackers are believed to have gained access to the platform Orange uses to distribute promotional emails and text messages to customers in France to carry out the data theft.
As a result, the company has notified those affected, warning them to be on their guard against follow-up, phishing emails that might attempt to extort further sensitive information from them.
"All necessary actions have been implemented to correct the relevant technical dysfunctions and to prevent any new illegitimate access to this data," the company said, in a statement to the Financial Times.
"To ensure full transparency on this issue, we have informed everyone concerned.
"In a highly-sensitive global context concerning such issues, Orange continues its efforts to limit such security risks," it added.
The breach marks the second time in three months Orange has found itself at the centre of a data theft incident, after the personal details of 800,000 of its customers were stolen in January.
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