Bell Canada suffers data breach

bellIf you get your wireless, television, or internet service with Bell Canada, be advised – there’s a chance a third-party hacker might have your information. According to Insauga, Canada’s primary carrier announced on May 16 that an anonymous hacker illegally obtained the information of approximately 1.9 million customer. This includes emails, names, and active phone numbers. Luckily no financial or personal information, including passwords, were accessed during the breach.

“We apologize to Bell customers for this situation and are contacting all those affected,” Bell said in a statement. “Please note that if your email address information was accessed, Bell will contact you by email. If your phone number was accessed, we will contact you by phone. If you haven’t been contacted by end of day May 16, your information was not accessed.”

If you haven’t already heard from Bell, your information is likely safe. Bell has also clarified that this was in no way connected to the recent WannaCry global malware attack, and that the customers involved face little to no risk. However, Bell reminds customers to never give sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) over e-mail, and to beware of unsolicited or suspicious communications.