Bitterwallet reader stumbles upon 80,000 name 3 Mobile database
We’re never surprised by the myriad of ways in which various large, so-called professional organisations misuse the personal information of their customers. You know, ordinary folk like you, us, that man over there in the hat, that woman with the wonky eye and that strange tall chap in the corner who looks like he wants to be sick.
It’s only gone and happened again and the guilty party this time are 3 Mobile. We’ve received an email from Bitterwallet reader Dan who told us how with a smidgeon of curiosity, some basic snooping and a few clicks of his mouse, he’d found himself staring at a 3 database containing almost 80,000 names and addresses of UK citizens.
We’ve seen the list ourselves (excerpt above) and it’s for real. We don’t know if the people on it are 3 customers but we assume they are. Likewise, we’re not going to tell you how Dan found the list or how you can see it – that would be insane as it is literally an identity thief’s paradise.
We’ve alerted 3 and hopefully they’re working hard to secure the leak – you know, a spot of encryption, maybe just a password, anything really that might stop any one of us from looking at the names and addresses of 79,035 people. The bloody idiots.
Once we've heard that they've plugged the leak, we'll update this one and let you know just how childishly simple it was to get to see such a vast and supposedly confidential database.
EDIT: Update to story HERE...