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T-Mobile confirms breach but still investigating if personal data was stolen

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Highlights:

  • T-Mobile confirms unauthorized access to ‘some’ data.
  • The leaked database contains a variety of user-related information.
  • This is the third time in recent years that a data breach has hit the wireless carrier.

A massive data breach may have exposed the sensitive personal information of as many as 100 million T-Mobile customers. The information reportedly includes people’s social security numbers, phone numbers, physical addresses, IMEI numbers, and driver’s licenses. T-Mobile, which merged with Sprint last year to become the second most widely used telecommunications company in the U.S., has struggled to keep data secure.

T-Mobile 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. We take the protection of our customers very seriously and we are conducting an extensive analysis alongside digital forensic experts to understand the validity of these claims, and we are coordinating with law enforcement”.

“This investigation will take some time but we are working with the highest degree of urgency. Until we have completed this assessment we cannot confirm the reported number of records affected or the validity of statements made by others.”

How Can I protect myself from data leaks?

If you suspect that your data might have been leaked, we recommend you:

  • Change the password of your account.
  • Using a password manager to create strong passwords and store them securely.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on all your online accounts.

Also, watch out for potential phishing emails and text messages. Again, don’t click on anything suspicious or respond to anyone you don’t know.

Freeze your credit

Next, freeze your credit. This stops lenders from being able to see your credit report, making it impossible to open new accounts in your name. You can freeze your credit online at no cost through each of the three main credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

If confirmed, this would be T-Mobile’s fifth known breach in less than three years. The company previously disclosed breaches in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as well as January of this year. The severity of those breaches varied in terms of what kind of data was compromised and how many people—between 200,000 and 2 million—were affected.

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