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|T-Mobile’s 37 Million Customer’s Data Captured By Hacker
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|January 23th, 2022 | 3:14 PM
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|The U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said Thursday that an unidentified malicious intruder breached its network in late November and stole data on 37 million customers, including addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.
T-Mobile’s 37 Million Customer’s Data Captured By Hacker T-Mobile said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the breach was discovered Jan. 5. It said the data exposed to theft – based on its investigation to date – didn’t include passwords or PINs, bank account or credit card information, Social Security numbers or other government IDs.
“Our investigation is still ongoing, but the malicious activity appears to be fully contained at this time,” T-Mobile said, adding that the data was first accessed on or around Nov. 25.
T-Mobile said it has notified law enforcement and federal agencies it didn’t name.
It didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
it was shut down within 24 hours. T-Mobile’s network and systems were not breached directly. Instead, the hacker used “a single Application Programming Interface (or API) to obtain limited types of information” from customer accounts, the carrier says.
T-Mobile’s 37 Million Customer’s Data Captured By Hacker
No passwords, payment card information, Social Security numbers, government ID numbers, or other sensitive financial information was taken. However, the hacker did grab the “name, billing address, email, phone number, date of birth, account number, and information such as the number of lines on the account and service plan features” for around 37 million customer accounts.
If you are an affected T-Mobile customers, expect the company to get in touch. As the information stolen was, as T-Mobile describes it, “the type widely available in marketing databases or directories,” there is currently no talk of compensation or identity protection services for impacted customers.
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According to T-Mobile’s report, the company was successfully able to block the entry point of the hacker the next day after the breach with the help of some expert cybersecurity firms.
Still, the bad actor was able to steal a major customer’s data, but as the company said, there is no evidence hacker was able to steal sensitive data such as legal identifications, passwords, or payment card info.
Because cybersecurity experts have found that the security systems are not compromised as they are well protected. Besides, the bad actor was able to steal 37 million customers’ data.
And stolen data is not sensitive as it includes names, billing and email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, T-Mobile account numbers, and information about customers’ plans and subscriptions.
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It also said at the time that it would spend $150 million through 2023 to fortify its data security and other technologies.
Prior to the August 2021 intrusion, the company disclosed breaches in January 2021, November 2019 and August 2018 in which customer information was accessed.
T-Mobile, based in Bellevue, Washington, became one of the country’s largest cellphone service carriers in 2020 after buying rival Sprint. It reported having more than 102 million customers after the merger.
The wireless giant is facing the second major breach in as many years. They said the activity started on Nov. 25 and they notified the proper agencies when they discovered the hack on Jan. 5, 2023.
“We are continuing to diligently investigate the unauthorized activity,” T-Mobile said. “In addition, we have notified certain federal agencies about the incident, and we are concurrently working with law enforcement.
Additionally, we have begun notifying customers whose information may have been obtained by the bad actor in accordance with applicable state and federal requirements.”