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No leak of Irish O2 users' mobile numbers, company says

O2 admitted that it had accidentally leaked online the mobile numbers of some customers in the UK.

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IRISH CUSTOMERS OF mobile phone network O2 were not involved in a data leak which saw the mobile numbers of some UK users revealed online, the company has said.

An O2 spokesman told TheJournal.ie: “It definitely hasn’t happened here. None of our customers were affected, as we’ve got totally independent systems.”

He said the company had run checks when it emerged this morning that UK customers had suffered a leak.

The UK arm of O2 admitted today that it had accidentally leaked some users’ mobile numbers. It said the leak had been going on for two weeks, since January 10.

Users who browsed the web on an O2 mobile may have had their phone numbers revealed to website owners. The firm said this came about as an “unintended effect” of routine technical maintenance.

In a statement, the firm said: “Security is of the utmost importance to us and we take the protection of our customers’ data extremely seriously. We would like to apologise for the concern we have caused.”

The problem has now been fixed, the company said.

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