A phishing scam hit Altice USA Inc., the provider of Optimum cable television and internet services, spilling all 12,000 current employees as well as some former employees and a small number of customer records.
Altice official said that the breach occurred in November where an unauthorized third party gained access to an official email account credentials.
“During our investigation, we learned in January 2020 that certain downloaded mailboxes contained password-protected reports that included personal information for current employees and some former employees," Lisa Anselmo, a spokeswoman for Altice told Newsday. "A limited number of customers were also included.”
Reaction and other details
Altice USA has reported the breach incident to federal law enforcement agencies.
Altice was formed after Altice N.V. of the Netherlands purchased Cablevision Systems Corp. of Bethpage in 2016 for $17.7 billion. It has a large operations center in Bethpage and the company had about 12,000 employees across 21 states as of December 2018.