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Hackers target Shell customers

Melbourne Herald Sun

By staff writers

March 17, 2009 11:03am

ONLINE hackers have stolen personal information from almost 6000 Shell customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Shell spokesman Paul Zennaro confirmed that 4500 Australians were affected when online applications for Shell fuel cards were hacked through a contractor’s website.

“The information obtained is equivalent to what would normally be found on business cards and cheques – including company names, address details, email addresses and some bank account details,” he said. 

The hacking took place on February 14 with Shell becoming aware of the security breach three days later.

Mr Zennaro said Shell contacted all those affected, encouraging them to take additional precautions such as greater vigilance of bank account statements and also particular care when receiving unsolicited phone calls in coming weeks and months.

Police are investigating the incident.

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