The RCMP Tuesday announced the arrest and charge of two people in connection with a 2018 data breach exposing 97 thousand BCE Inc. customers. While almost 100 thousand customers were exposed, only 40 accounts were actually fraudulently charged by the hackers. The investigation, termed Project Abalone, culminated in charges Tuesday against Nana Koranteng and Jesiah Russell-Francis of Montréal for unauthorized use of a computer, fraud over $5,000, conspiracy to commit fraud, laundering proceeds of crime, identity theft, and identity fraud, according to a release Tuesday afternoon. According to a RCMP spokesperson, the investigation began when "the company notified the RCMP of a cyber-attack, when hackers accessed some customer information –names, email addresses and in some cases phone numbers, user names or account numbers – from approximately 97,000 customers accounts." "No credit card or other banking information was accessed. Only 40 customer accounts were impacted. Changes were made to the customer accounts to fraudulently obtain new devices. Total value of the fraud was approximately $40,000," the spokesperson said in an email. "I'm proud of the work of our investigators as they worked diligently with our partners to prosecute these crimes which have an impact on our country's economic well-being,” the acting officer in charge of the RCMP cybercrime investigative team, Alexandre Beaulieu, said in the release. In January of 2018, Bell reported that as many as 100,000 individuals may have had their information compromised by hackers. It was unclear Tuesday afternoon if the arrests announced this week were in connection with the same data breach.