Published: Sat, August 25, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

Huge T-Mobile Breach Affects 3 Million

Huge T-Mobile Breach Affects 3 Million

T-Mobile says that on August 20th, it discovered a security breach that affected the accounts of some customers. While no financial data or social security numbers were stolen, other information including names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, billing ZIP codes, account numbers and account type (prepaid or postpaid) may have been exposed.

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A spokesperson speaking to Motherboard said the breach affected "about" or "slightly less than" three percent of its 77 million customers.

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The intrusion took place on Monday, and some customer data "may have been exposed" before the carrier's cybersecurity team shut off access and reported the breach to law enforcement, it said in a statement. Once a hacker has your account number, phone number, and email address, it's easier for them to obtain your login information. Affecting customers in the United States, the hack is not the first time T-Mobile customers have been put at risk; a couple of years ago company data was leaked via Experian. If you are a T-Mobile customer, you can dial 611, use two-way messaging on, the T-Mobile App, or iMessage through Apple Business Chat. The breach was caused when "an global group" of hackers accessed a server through an API which was said not to have any "very sensitive data" available through it.

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Did you receive an alert regarding this T-Mobile data breach? "We truly regret that this incident occurred and are so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you", T-Mobile said.

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