Big theft of TIM users' data uncovered

13 arrested after Telecom company reports wrongdoing

(ANSA) - ROME, JUN 26 - Investigators have busted a gang that allegedly illegally harvested the data of thousands of TIM (Telecom Italia) users.
    Police arrested 13 people and seven others have to regularly sign in with the authorities.
    The suspects include rogue TIM employees who allegedly extracted personal information from the company's data banks, intermediaries who sold on that data and the owners of call centres who used the information to illegally contact potential clients and get commissions, for example by getting them to switch provider.
    The investigation stemmed from a complaint lodged by TIM itself.
    The company said it would discipline its employees involved and would stand as a civil plaintiff in the ensuing criminal trial.


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