80,000 Telecom users hacked

ADAM DUDDING
Last updated 23:25 16/02/2013

Relevant offers

National News

Malaysia Airlines passengers stuck in Auckland for two days without accommodation Dozens injured in gas explosion that destroyed buildings in the UK Facebook wants to connect the globe The disparate global locations that make up New Zealand Facebook - and your news feed What's the deal with Facebook and tax? Bachelor recap: Can we talk about Zac's tan? Kosta Barbarouses sparks Wellington Phoenix to 5-0 win over Newcastle Jets Post-Jason Taylor era starts badly for Wests Tigers as they blow early lead to crash to defeat against Melbourne Storm Mark Hutson, Amelia Garvey win New Zealand strokeplay titles in contrasting fashion at Hastings Golf Club Live: Perth Glory v Sydney FC - A-League Week 24

Telecom’s email cyber attack is four times worse than first thought.

Last weekend 20,000 Xtra accounts were compromised as a result of a security breach at outsourced email provider Yahoo. Users’ address books were mined and spam sent out to their contact lists.

Since the system was hacked 60,000 of Telecom’s 450,000 customers had changed their passwords voluntarily.

The company had also been contacting 15,000 customers whose accounts were compromised.

But with accounts still being hacked, the company tonight axed the passwords of an addition 60,000 users - bringing the total number of affected clients to about 80,000.

A spokesperson said Telecom hoped the figure wouldn’t climb further, but was relying on Yahoo to identify affected accounts.

"The move by Telecom is aimed at protecting its email customers and preventing information contained within their emails being accessed although to date there is no confirmed evidence, by Yahoo!, that this has occurred," a statement on its website said.

To unlock their account users needed to select a new password at telecom.co.nz.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content