Vodafone Germany Attack: Millions of Customers’ Data Compromised

As we’ve seen in the news before, data breaches can happen to any company at any time. What can Vodafone learn from this attack? They need to take the precautionary steps to improve security to protect themselves from future attacks.


13 September 2013

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Oops! Vodafone Germany is the next big victim of a data breach.

A database on Vodafone Germany’s server containing highly-sensitive information was compromised when an attacker gained access to the company’s internal network.

The vault of information stored roughly two million customer names in Germany, along with their addresses, date of births and bank account numbers. Fortunately, Vodafone confirms that there was no access to credit card information, but with any data breach, the thought is still chilling.

BBC reports that the actual attack was discovered on September 5th, but Vodafone waited to alert customers until a suspect could be identified at the request of authorities. Vodafone has started reaching out to compromised customers and warning them to take caution in any subsequent requests for personal information.

As we’ve seen in the news before, data breaches can happen to any company at any time. What can Vodafone learn from this attack? They need to take the precautionary steps to improve security to protect themselves from future attacks.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”



Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.