• Posted by: Lucas Allen
  • UK
  • On March 14, 2014, midnight
BT Group Plc (BT/A) is being investigated by a U.K. data security regulator after a whistle-blower said the way it handled data when switching users to a new e-mail system may have exposed customer information. The Information Commissioner’s Office was contacted by someone who was “closely involved” with the system and brought concerns about e-mail security to its attention, Robert Parker, an ICO spokesman, said in an interview. The regulator has sent questions to BT and will work “as quickly as we can” to conclude the inquiry, Parker said, declining to comment further. The ICO is looking into whether BT used insecure protocols for the messaging platform and stored data in a way that made e-mail addresses and passwords vulnerable, according to a letter published by The Register, the technology news site that first reported the investigation. The letter was confirmed by the ICO. BT, which was first contacted by the ICO yesterday, said that security issues with the new mail system were addressed before it went out to customers, and that the company hasn’t received any reports of a data breach. BT is moving customers from a Yahoo! Inc. mail system to a BT-branded service provided by Openwave Messaging Inc. “BT takes the security of all products very seriously and, in the process of developing new services with partners, we rigorously audit and test for security,” the company said in a statement. “We believe this unverified assessment of BT Mail relates to an issue identified and fixed as part of our normal testing and development process.”
Source: www.bloomberg.com


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