T-Mobile May Have Suffered a Mammoth Data Breach
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- T-Mobile may have suffered a huge data breach involving 100 million customers
- Motherboard has confirmed the accuracy of a sample of stolen data, which includes names, addresses, driving license information and device IMEI numbers
- T-Mobile is investigating the validity of the claims
T-Mobile may have suffered a huge data breach, with suggestions that the personal and device data of 100 million customers is for sale on the dark web. Tech website Motherboard reported yesterday that it had found a forum post advertising a “mountain” of personal data for sale, with the hacker later claiming privately to them that the data had come from T-Mobile’s servers. If the information is verified by T-Mobile it will mean that the devices of these 100 million customers are at risk, posing a huge concern to those keeping cryptocurrency on them. T-Mobile has a poor track record when it comes to security, with the company’s customers being victims of repeated sim-swap attacks over the years.
Motherboard Confirms Data is Genuine
Motherboard reported that the customer data haul includes social security numbers, phone numbers, names, addresses, IMEI numbers, and driving license information. Motherboard managed to speak to the hacker via a chat facility where they claimed to have compromised T-Mobile’s online servers, with Motherboard confirming a sample of the information the hacker is selling.
It seems therefore that the hack is genuine which spells trouble for the 100 million affected individuals as others could use that information to compromise their devices and steal any cryptocurrency on them.
T-Mobile Has Poor Track Record
T-Mobile told Motherboard that it is investigating the leak as a matter of urgency, stating that “We are aware of claims made in an underground forum and have been actively investigating their validity. We do not have any additional information to share at this time.” T-Mobile customers have already fallen victim to sim swap hacks over the past few years, with Veritaseum CEO Reggie Middleton suing the company last year after $8.7 million in cryptocurrency was stolen from him in numerous attacks.