Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cyber pirates stole the personal information of about 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers, including Social Security numbers, addresses and birthdates, the credit report agency Experian announced on Thursday.  No evidence has emerged to date that the information has been used inappropriately. 

The data were stolen from Experian, which provides T-Mobile with credit histories for its clients. Experian acknowledged that T-Mobile users who requested wireless service between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015 could have had their data stolen. Experian said it notified the authorities immediately after discovering the breach, adding, “No evidence has emerged to date that the information has been used inappropriately.” According to the two companies, credit card and banking information was not included in the breach. 

T-Mobile customers can sign up for two years of free credit monitoring at www.protecmylD.com/securityincident, a site owned by Experian.  The company asked users to “remain vigilant" against the threat of identity theft and fraudulent emails asking for confidential information such as their bank account or Social Security numbers.  

In recent years, hackers targeting companies and organizations have affected millions of people, including the dating service Ashley Madison, Sony Pictures, the Anthem insurance company, stores such as Home Depot and Target, eBay, and the US Office of Personnel Management.  According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, organizations in the United States reported close to 800 cyber attacks last year. "I am extremely angry about this cyber attack.  We are going to institute a careful review of our relationship with Experian," the managing director of T-Mobile US Inc., John Legere, said in a press release.
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