T-Mobile suffered a security breach on August 20.
Data breaches are more common nowadays, but when it comes to haunt major industry giants, it becomes a nightmare for many of us. In one such incident, the T-Mobile, the US wireless network carrier, has informed about a security breach that took place on August 20 and affected the personal information of about 2 million customers. The attack took place on its US servers.
The information that was compromised included customer’s phone number, billing zip code, name, email address, account type, and account number. Thankfully, the hackers were not able to steal the financial information of the customers like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or passwords.
On a damage control mode, the company forwarded their concern to the law enforcement agencies about the breach and informed its all the customers through the text message, email, and phone call.
T-Mobile announced the breach on their blog post, which highlighted the loss of August 20 attack.
“On August 20, our cyber-security team discovered and shut down an unauthorized access to certain information, including yours, and we promptly reported it to authorities. None of your financial data (including credit card information) or social security numbers were involved, and no passwords were compromised,” a brief blog post published by the T-Mobile conveyed. “However, you should know that some of your personal information may have been exposed, which may have included one or more of the following: name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number, and account type (prepaid or postpaid).”
To stay on the safer side, the T-Mobile didn’t disclose the exact number of customers who were affected by the data breach, neither the company divulged the details that led the breach. In one of the statements, a T-Mobile spokesperson told Motherboard, a multiplatform multimedia publication, that the breach affected “about” or “slightly less than” 3 percent of its 77 million customers. “Fortunately not many.”
In a similar incident earlier, about 15 Million T-Mobile customers' data was hacked back in 2015. In that breach, the credit application processor “Experian” was compromised, and the hackers were able to get away with more personal details like Social Security numbers, birth dates, Driver’s License number, Passport number, and Military I.D. numbers.
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