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Major theft of personal data at Bell Canada

Major theft of personal data at Bell Canada

The personal information of hundreds of Bell Canada customers and employees was stolen in a cyber attack in late August.

It was a subsidiary of Bell Technical Solutions, which has fallen victim to hackers, according to a cybersecurity alert published by Bell Canada. This division performs installation work for residential and small business clients.

Our Bureau of Investigation was able to observe the publication of cybercriminals on Thursday afternoon in dark web A group of documents containing particularly sensitive information.

Among these documents is a database of nearly 900 employees with comprehensive personal information including name, date of birth, home address and telephone number.

Copies of canceled checks used for payroll, copies of medical notes, and even internal notices of suspension and dismissal are also available.

Customer information has also been stolen.

“The unauthorized person gained access to information that may include the name, address, and phone number of resident customers and small businesses in Quebec and Ontario who scheduled a technician visit,” Bell explains in his security alert, without giving an estimate of the number of victims.

“We want to assure you that no database containing customer information such as credit and debit card numbers, banking information and other financial data was not accessed during the incident,” the telecom giant continues.

The company claims that it is conducting its investigations “with the help of third-party cybersecurity experts, as well as implementing solutions to further enhance the security of it.” [ses] systems. “

This cyber attack is part of a long chain of such events that has been targeting Quebec companies for several years. Recently, on Thursday, the city of Laval claimed that a cyber attack caused a massive disruption to its computer services.

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In July, our Bureau of Investigation revealed that the Collège Montmorency in Laval was also a victim of hackers and that personal information was for sale at dark web.

In collaboration with Philip Langlois