15 Million T-Mobile customers exposed in Experian hack2015-10-02 05:18 by Daniela
Tags: T-Mobile, Experian
Experian Plc, the world's biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, has admitted a massive data breach that exposed sensitive personal information of some 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile US Inc. T-Mobile uses Experian's services to check the credit of its customers.
Anyone who applied for T-Mobile wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 might be affected. Experian said it will notify those customers via mail by Nov. 30. But people who suspect to be affected can enroll in the credit-monitoring services.
Experian explained that hackers attacked its computer system in September and accessed a computer server full of information. The compromised data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birthdays, and even sensitive identification numbers, such as Social Security and drivers' license numbers. Fortunately, credit card information was not obtained.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere warned his customers about the security breach:
"Obviously I'm incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected," Legere said. "The investigation is ongoing, but what we know right now is that the hacker acquired the records of approximately 15 million people, including new applicants requiring a credit check for service or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015," he added.
This has been the second massive breach linked to Experian. Back in in 2012, an attack on an Experian subsidiary exposed the Social Security numbers of 200 million Americans. The company says that the latest incident does not extend to its consumer-credit bureau and its ability to offer credit monitoring has not been compromised."This was an isolated incident of one server and one client's data," the company said.
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