[ISN] Cyber-attack on Bell supplier highlights rising hacker threat

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/bell-small-business-customer-information-breached-in-hacking-attack/article16653395/ By RITA TRICHUR TELECOM REPORTER The Globe and Mail Feb. 02 2014 Bell Canada is the latest big-name company to become ensnared in a hacking incident after announcing that a cyberattack on a third-party supplier compromised the confidential account information of more than 22,000 of its small business customers. The Montreal-based telecommunications company said Sunday that 22,421 user names and passwords and five credit card numbers belonging to small business customers were posted on the Internet over the weekend after hackers targeted the the computer systems of an Ottawa-based supplier. That unnamed company provided the affected Bell customers with an ordering application for some small-business services. Only some customers in Ontario and Quebec who used the app fell victim to the security breach. Bell stressed that hackers never gained access to its own network and computer systems, adding that none of its residential, mobility or enterprise business customers were affected by the attack. […]