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Telecom Customer Details Exposed

DATA LOSS—NEW ZEALAND

January 17, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has announced that she will investigate a reported breach involving the information of millions of Telecom customers, The New Zealand Herald reports. The breach reportedly was perpetrated by associates of Telecom's rival Slingshot and exposed the names, addresses and billing plan data of every Telecom customer. Telecom retail chief executive Alan Gourdie said, "We're just outraged. This is our customer data--potentially fraudulently used. We will pursue this to all remedies that are available." Gourdie added that the Commerce Commission is also looking into the matter.
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