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15,000 Orange customers fall foul of data breach

The personal details of 15,000 customers of the telecoms operator Orange have been leaked. Although the data breach happened two weeks ago the affected customers were only informed yesterday. The breach means that it is possible that addresses, bank account details and information about customers’ names have been stolen. Orange advises its customers to be on their guard for identity fraud.  

Affected customers should be especially on their guard for phishing and identity fraud. The hackers can use the information they have to try and get more information by, for example, sending false emails or text messages.

Orange Spokeswoman Annelore Marynissen told journalists that “They should report every attempt at misuse”.  

“We have sent out a mail with information about how they can prevent identity fraud and there is an e-mail address where they can ask any questions they might have”.

Orange says that the reason it waited two weeks before telling its customers about the data leak was because it needed time to take the necessary steps and to assess the impact of the data breach. .

Orange customers that haven’t been sent an email about the data breach have not had their personal data compromise and as such have nothing to worry about.