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Technology Over a million T-Mobile customers hit in data breach

08:00  26 november  2019
08:00  26 november  2019 Source:   techradar.com

Some T-Mobile prepaid customers had their account information breached

  Some T-Mobile prepaid customers had their account information breached A ‘small number’ of customers were impactedThe company told Bleeping Computer on Thursday that a “small number of customers” were affected by the breach that was discovered earlier this month. According to T-Mobile, customer names, addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, rate plans, and plan features were all left exposed. More sensitive information like passwords, financial information, or social security numbers were not affected.

Hackers stole data on T - Mobile cellular customers that included their names, billing ZIP codes, email addresses, and account numbers, according to notifications sent out by the company starting

T - Mobile gave a statement on the breach , saying anyone whose data has been stolen either has been or shortly will be notified via a text message. T - Mobile hasn’t given a concrete number of how many customers have had their information compromised, although in a statement given to Motherboard, a

The US telecom T-Mobile has confirmed that it suffered a data breach in which a malicious actor was able to obtain the personal data of over a million of its customers.

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Thankfully though, no financial or password data was exposed and the company has alerted affected customers regarding the breach.

The malicious actor was able to obtain the names, billing addresses, phone numbers, account numbers and rate plans and features purchased by T-Mobile's prepaid data customers. The company provided more details on the data breach in a disclosure notice saying:

T-Mobile says hackers accessed some wireless customers' data in recent data breach

  T-Mobile says hackers accessed some wireless customers' data in recent data breach T-Mobile says a recent data breach accessed phone numbers, account number, and account features from some prepaid wireless customers.The wireless provider's cybersecurity team discovered the breach recently and "shut down malicious, unauthorized access" to some prepaid accounts, T-Mobile said in a security notice posted on company's website.

Hackers stole data on T - Mobile cellular customers that included their names, billing ZIP codes, email addresses, and account numbers, according to The breach was discovered on Aug. 20 and affects about 2 million consumers. T - Mobile says that no Social Security numbers or financial information

T - Mobile has confirmed a data breach affecting more than a million of its customers , whose personal data (but no financial or password data ) was exposed to a malicious actor. The latter data is considered " customer proprietary network information" and under telecoms regulations they are

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“Our Cybersecurity team discovered and shut down malicious, unauthorized access to some information related to your T-Mobile prepaid wireless account. We promptly reported this to authorities. None of your financial data (including credit card information) or social security numbers was involved, and no passwords were compromised.”

Data breach

Although the personal information of over a million of its customers was exposed, T-Mobile disclosed the data breach in a prompt manner but its disclosure notice provided very few details on what actually happened.

TechCrunch asked a company representative to provide more information on the breach to which they said that “less than 1.5 percent” of its customers were affected.

The data breach itself was discovered in early November and shut down “immediately” according to the representative.

The information obtained by the malicious actor is not enough to try and breach users' other accounts since no passwords were exposed, though hackers could try and steal their identities or take over their accounts. T-Mobile customers whose personal information was exposed should also change their passwords just in case.

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