Bell Canada Hacked: 1.9 Million Emails, 1700 Names and Active Phone Numbers Exposed

Bell Canada has issued a statement to say the company was breached, through the “illegal access of Bell customer information by an anonymous hacker.”

The company says roughly 1.9 million active email addresses, along with nearly 1,700 names and active phone numbers were accessed. Bell says there is “no indication that any financial, password or other sensitive personal information was accessed.” This hack is not related to the recent WannaCry malware attacks happening around the globe.

The release says “We apologize to Bell customers for this situation and are contacting those affected directly.”

Bell says they took immediate action to secure they systems, and is working with the RCMP cyber crime unit and has also informed the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

News of this hack surely overshadows the launch of its new mobile live TV service, called Alt TV, which is only available to Bell customers with a Bell Fibe Internet plan.

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  • RickysCV

    Wonder if that includes Virgin Mobility…

  • erth

    we are sorry…. typical response with no assurance of fixing any issues going forward. they should be financially responsible for their incompetence.
    another reason to open up canada to foreign companies in cable and mobility. we need more competion so that when this happens, all of us who are tired of this, can move easily to one of many others in canada.

  • Mark Ritter

    I can make a reasonable assumption that Virgin is affected as well, as both companies use the same administrative infrastructure.

  • Sam

    Yep, more competition is good for everybody, better consumer pricing (offering) and more local jobs. But a big NO to foreign penetrating into Canada’s communication infrastructure, don’t need the NSA here in Canada.

  • Riley Freeman

    i got the notification. I got it even on an email thats not associated with my bell account so not even sure how they have that email

  • Tim

    with that response, it’s hard to believe Bell takes security seriously.

  • aOsTECH

    how does one find out if their info was leaked?

  • John

    It says that they are directly contacting those affected.