Thousands of Telstra customers hacked

CYBER criminals have made off with the personal details of 35,000 Telstra customers and could use the information to abuse other accounts not linked to the telco.

Telstra this morning admitted hackers had made off with usernames, email addresses and passwords of its BigPond Games, GameArena and Game Shop customers.

The telco has reset all passwords and insists no financial or credit card details were obtained in the attack.

"We will contact affected customers with their new password as soon as possible," a spokeswoman said.

But Telstra admitted the hackers could use the stolen data to hack other accounts with the same password.

The hackers were skimming information “throughout the day” yesterday but Telstra only found out from the third party that operates the gaming sites in the evening, the spokesman said.

Further advice to affected customers has been posted to the GameArena and Game Shop website homepages.