T-Mobile confirms it has been hacked2021-08-17 17:55 by Daniela
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T-Mobile confirmed hackers gained access to the telecom giant's systems in an announcement published Monday.
"We have determined that unauthorized access to some T-Mobile data occurred, however we have not yet determined that there is any personal customer data involved," the company said in a statement. "We have been working around the clock to investigate claims being made that T-Mobile data may have been illegally accessed."
As first reported by Motherboard on Sunday, someone on the dark web claims to have obtained the data of 100 million from T-Mobile's servers and is selling a portion of it on an underground forum for 6 bitcoin, about $280,000. The trove includes not only names, phone numbers, and physical addresses but also more sensitive data like social security numbers, driver's license information, and IMEI numbers, unique identifiers tied to each mobile device. Motherboard confirmed that samples of the data "contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers."
T-Mobile has been hit by data breaches in the past, including 2019 when an attacker gained unauthorized access to prepaid customers' service account info, affecting around 1.5% of the carrier's customers. No financial data, passwords or social security numbers were compromised in that attack. In 2018, T-Mobile said around 3% of its customer base, or about 2 million users had their account data hacked by unknown international entity. And in 2015 T-Mobile found that personal information was stolen for 15 million people who applied for T-Mobile services when credit application vendor Experian's systems were breached.
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