Bell Canada hacked, passwords posted online

The Bell logo is seen on the company's building in downtown Montreal February 9, 2011....

The Bell logo is seen on the company's building in downtown Montreal February 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

Bell Canada said Sunday that 22,421 user names and passwords and five credit card numbers of its small-business customers were posted online this weekend.

It said the posting results from "illegal hacking of an Ottawa-based third-party supplier's information technology system.

"In line with our strict privacy and security policies, Bell is contacting affected small business customers, has disabled all affected passwords, and has informed appropriate credit card companies," the telecommunications company said in a statement. "We continue to work with the supplier as well as law enforcement and government security officials to investigate the matter."

Bell added that its residential, mobility or enterprise business customers weren't affected by the breach.


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