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Virgin Media faces £4.5billion tremendous after exposing prospects’ PORN searches

Virgin Media faces £4.5billion fine after exposing customers’ PORN searches


VIRGIN Media faces a comp- ensation invoice of £4.5billion after leaving prospects’ personal particulars on-line, together with which porn websites they watch.

The telecoms big left the non-public particulars of 900,000 prospects accessible for ten months.

Virgin Media faces a £4.5billion compensation invoice for exposing prospects’ personal particulars on-line
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Full names, e-mail addresses, dates of delivery, phone numbers — and likewise their requests to unblock express web sites — have been listed.

The database, used for advertising and marketing functions, included 1,100 names who requested for grownup web sites to be unblocked through the use of on-line varieties.

Most cellphone networks mechanically block the websites and ask customers to offer proof of age. The info breach didn’t embrace passwords or monetary particulars.

Your Attorneys, a client motion and information breach regulation agency, is suing Virgin Media for affected prospects after the breach was uncovered by a safety researcher earlier this 12 months.

It estimates every of them may very well be in line for £5,000 compensation for monetary and emotional misery.

Crooks might have used the data to blackmail or rip-off victims. The cock-up was attributable to an incorrectly configured database.


Virgin Media, which is owned by US cable group Liberty World, has admitted that the majority of these affected have been folks with tv or fixed-line phone accounts.

Nonetheless, the database additionally included some ­Virgin Cell customers.

Virgin Media chief Lutz Schüler stated: “Defending prospects’ information is a prime precedence and we sincerely apologise.”

The info leaked contains details about the porn websites purchasers watch
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