Deutsche Telekom is currently investigating whether hackers are to blame for a broadband outage which occurred over the weekend.
Around 900,000 of their customers were affected and unable to use their internet as a result. By Monday the number fell to 400,000.
Experts are being lead to believe that a batch of routers were compromised.
In a statement, Deutsche Telekom said: “Based on the error pattern, we cannot exclude the possibility that the routers have been targeted by external parties with the result that they can no longer register on the network.
“The fact that the error pattern occurs more in metropolitan areas is due to population distribution, which means it is purely a statistical conclusion.”
If their suspicions are confirmed it will be the first time the telecommunications giant would have experienced a major cyber-attack.
However, telecoms companies have become a regular target for hackers including TalkTalk’s data breach last year and 500m account details stolen from Yahoo.
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