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T-Mobile Hack Leaves Over 1 Million Customers’ Personal Information Exposed
By Mikelle Leow, 25 Nov 2019
Image via cMihai_Andritoiu / Shutterstock.com
Things are Tumultuous over at T-Mobile, as the telecommunications company has been the subject of a data breach involving over a million customers whose personal information have been exposed, though their financial and password data are not affected.
While T-Mobile did not disclose numbers, it told TechCrunch that “less than 1.5 percent” of users were affected. There are about 75 million T-Mobile users, so that adds up to somewhere above a million.
Details that were leaked were: names, billing addresses, phone and account numbers, and rate plan and features, such as whether customers have opted for an international calling feature.
According to TechCrunch, the latter category falls under “customer proprietary network information,” and telecoms are required by law to inform customers if it has been exposed.
The publication described that the information leaked might not be “highly damaging,” but could be enough for anyone attempting to steal your identity or take over your account.
In a statement released on its website, T-Mobile explained that the incident was “quickly corrected” by its cybersecurity team. Affected users “have been, or shortly will be, notified,” it added.
If your account was exposed, T-Mobile urges that you confirm or update your PIN or passcode for added protection.
If you didn’t get a notification, it’s likely that you weren’t affected by the hack, but it’s also possible you didn’t receive an alert because your contact information hasn’t been updated.
[via TechCrunch, cover image via Mihai_Andritoiu / Shutterstock.com]
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