Mobile carrier Three has announced a data breach where hackers managed to gain access to an employee login and then the customer database.
The hackers then attempted to steal high end smartphones using customer upgrades, three people have been arrested by the police.
We’re aware of an attempted fraud issue regarding upgrade devices and are working with police and relevant authorities on the matter. The objective was to steal high-end smartphones from Three but we’ve already put measures in place to stop the fraudulent activity.
We’d like to reassure customers that their financial details are not at risk. We are investigating how many customers are affected and will be contacting them as soon as possible. We’ll update with further information once we have this.
Over the last four weeks Three has seen an increasing level of attempted handset fraud. This has been visible through higher levels of burglaries of retail stores and attempts to unlawfully intercept upgrade devices.
We’ve been working closely with the Police and relevant authorities. To date, we have confirmed approximately 400 high value handsets have been stolen through burglaries and 8 devices have been illegally obtained through the upgrade activity.
You can find out more information over at Three at the link below.