Shell Oil web site hacked; customer data acquired

Radio New Zealand is reporting that Shell Oil says 1,400 of its customers in New Zealand and 4,500 in Australia have had personal details stolen by online hackers. Customers who made online applications for fuel cards were affected and their bank account details may have been stolen.

The incident was the second breach reported by the company in the past five months. In October 2008, Shell had alerted current and former U.S. employees that an employee of an unnamed contractor had used some of their personal information to run an unemployment insurance claim scam in Texas. In that incident, Shell terminated (pdf) its contract with the contractor.

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