Security Strategies

Eurobites: Cyber Attack Hits UK Mobile Giant

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Opera sizes up a sale; Batelco tests TWDM-PON with Huawei; Orange agrees sale of Armenian unit.

  • Carphone Warehouse, the UK-based mobile services reseller and device retailer, is being investigated by Britain's data protection watchdog following a cyber attack that compromised the personal data of 2.4 million customers, reports The Guardian. The attack, which took place last Wednesday but only came to light over the weekend, affected a particular division of Carphone Warehouse, which operates the websites OneStopPhoneShop.com, e2save.com and Mobiles.co.uk, and provides services to iD Mobile, TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile, and to certain customers of Carphone Warehouse directly. According to a company statement, the personal data potentially accessed includes the names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details of 2.4 million customers, as well as encrypted credit card data of up to 90,000 customers. Last month Dixons Carphone , the group that owns the Carphone Warehouse brand, announced it had done a deal with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) to open and manage 20 Sprint-branded stores in the US in a pilot which, if successful, could see 500 such stores being rolled out across the country. (See Sprint Expands Retail Presence With Dixons.)

  • Mobile browser and applications vendor Opera Software ASA has initiated a "process to evaluate and consider strategic alternatives" following "strategic interest" from a number of potential buyers, the Oslo-based company announced Friday. The announcement came as Opera announced that it expects to generate lower revenues and earnings for the full year compared with previous forecasts -- see this press release for details -- and the acquisition of Latin American mobile games and applications platform Bemobi for up to $110.5 million (see this press release for more). Opera blamed its adjusted financial forecast on "weaker than expected performance in the Mobile Advertising - 3rd Party Publisher business area, which is only partially offset by a stronger outlook in our Consumer (O&O and Tech Licensing) business area." (See Opera Builds App Store for Carriers .)

  • Bahrain Telecommunications Co. (Batelco) , the national operator of Middle East island state Bahrain, has tested next-generation broadband TWDM-PON technology, also known as NG-PON2, with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , according to a press release issued by the carrier. While commercial deployments of NG-PON2 are some years away, a number of operators are already checking out its potential and a number of vendors are pitching early developments. (See Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone Test TWDM-PON, Alcatel-Lucent Fires NG-PON2 Starting Gun, Adtran Claims Advance in NG-PON2 Economics and Calix Enters NG-PON2 Race.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has agreed to sell its Armenian subsidiary to Ucom, a local Internet service provider. Orange Armenia had 630,000 customers at the end of 2014 and employs 500 people.

  • Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN)'s Swedish unit has gone with Ericsson for a complete upgrade of its core network, which will enable voice-over-LTE, WiFi calling and RCS (rich communications services) to be introduced on the network.

  • Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt posted second-quarter profits after tax up 55% year-on-year to 378 million Egyptian pounds ($48.28 million), reports Reuters. Revenues for the quarter actually slipped from EGP3.868 billion to EGP3.025 billion, as the previous year's revenues included some non-recurring items.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • kq4ym 8/11/2015 | 7:16:13 PM
    UK Attack Interesting to see the cyber attacks are everywhere and in big numbers. With 2.4 million  names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details in the hands of some bad guys, who knows where that might end. And impressive numbers for the Egypt firm with earning up 55%. Wonder how they've been doing historically or was that some sort of one off shot for some reason?
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