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Orange, a French Telecom Giant, Suffers Major Security Breach

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reported on 7th May, 2014 quoting Orange, a French telecommunications giant, as stating "hackers stole data of around 1.3 million people in an attack last month which is the latest in a series of cyber attacks on companies."

Orange confirmed that hackers stole personal information like names, telephone numbers and email addresses of customers and potential customers during the attack which is the second cyber assault on the company by now in this year.

Orange also announced in February, 2014 confirming the theft of personal information of around 800,000 customers in a similar attack during January 2014.

The company said that stolen data was used in so-called phishing.

Consequently, the company is warning its customers to be careful of phishing whereby emails are sent from apparent reputed companies to collect more personal information from individuals like passwords and credit card numbers.

Orange said that the breach was detected on 18th April, 2014 but they delayed to inform customers because of investigation and repair of the issue.

Orange confirmed the shutting down of the security breach and working on prevention of similar attacks in future.

The delay in informing customers could have allowed attackers to use the stolen information but neither Orange has confirmed the misuse of any compromised data nor such reports from any third party have emerged.

Csoonline.com published a report on 7th May, 2014 stating as "it is unfortunate that news of such breach comes after a deal for data protection has been signed by Stephane Richard, CEO of Orange, pledging to keep customer information secured and safe."

These days it's fact that information is a valuable data for criminals and telecom data is often as valuable as financial data.

Cybercriminals have targeted companies around the world in search of personal details which could help them to gain access to bank and other accounts. Vodafone Germany said that a hacker had stolen personal data of two million customers in September 2013 and similarly hackers stole personal details of 17 million customers of T-Mobile during 2006.

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