Here's what to do if you think you're affected by T-Mobile's big data breach

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The Washington Post 20 August, 2021 - 03:21pm 29 views

How many T mobile customers are there?

In a statement, T-Mobile, which has more than 100 million customers, said its preliminary analysis shows 7.8 million current postpaid T-Mobile customers had information taken in the data breach. TechCrunchT-Mobile says at least 47M current and former customers affected by hack

According to the hackers selling the database, it includes first and last names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers of over 7.8 million postpaid subscribers, 850,000 prepaid customers, and more than 40 million “past or prospective” customers—plus account PINs for some of the 7.8 million postpaid subscribers.

On the “bright side,” T-Mobile says no financial or billing information was leaked. However, all of the leaked information is highly sensitive and could easily help someone steal your identity if your information was stolen.

T-Mobile will be contacting those affected with instructions on changing your account’s PIN and updating your security settings. Affected users will also receive two years of McAfee’s ID Theft Protection Service.

However, even if you don’t hear from T-Mobile, it’s still possible your information may be compromised. The seller claims there are records for over 100 million current and former customers in the database—including people who simply applied for T-Mobile service but never opened an account. This means more users could be at risk than the 48 million T-Mobile has confirmed. 

All active T-Mobile customers should change their passwords and account PINs immediately, and anyone who used the carrier in the past, or even applied for potential service, should tune up their general data security. Here are some suggestions:

These steps will help mitigate the impact of the T-Mobile breach—and any data breach, for that matter—along with other smart data security decisions like using a VPN, turning on privacy settings in browsers/apps/websites, enabling ransomware protection, encrypting important files and hard drives, and installing reliable anti-virus software on your devices.

[9to5Mac]

A Social Security Number was meant to be used for one thing, and one thing only. But whatever number you get is yours for life, and it’s all someone needs to get most of the keys to the kingdom.

Great for 1945. Not so great nearly 80 years later.

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