T-Mobile's epic data breach is only sounding worse and worse


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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

T-Mobile says hackers stole data on 40 million people

Reuters 21 August, 2021 - 04:40pm

T-Mobile data breach: More than 50 million people now affected

CNET 21 August, 2021 - 04:40pm

T-Mobile issued the update on Wednesday.

The fallout from T-Mobile's latest data breach is going from bad to worse. In an update issued Friday, the mobile carrier reported that hackers had illegally accessed one or more associated customer names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, IMEIs and IMSIs of 5.3 million current postpaid customers. T-Mobile also said it had identified an additional 667,000 accounts of former customers that were accessed, with customer names, phone numbers, addresses and dates of birth compromised.

See also: How to protect your personal data after a breach

The new numbers push the total number of people affected by the breach past the 50 million mark.

T-Mobile noted that in its most batch of discoveries, affected customers' driver's license details and Social Security numbers weren't illegally accessed.

On Wednesday, the company said in a post that the personal data of more than 40 million customers was stolen by hackers. The data, which belonged to former and prospective customers, included names, dates of birth, driver's license details and Social Security numbers. 

In addition, the company said that the hackers had swiped data belonging to approximately 7.8 million current postpaid customers. It also confirmed that 850,000 active T-Mobile prepaid customer names, phone numbers and account PINs were exposed.

Vice reported Friday that the company is now facing a class-action lawsuit over the breach, based on papers filed in a Washington court.

The company said in a press release at the time that it was taking immediate steps to help protect affected customers and has been coordinating with law enforcement.

"We take our customers' protection very seriously and we will continue to work around the clock on this forensic investigation to ensure we are taking care of our customers in light of this malicious attack," said the company. "While our investigation is ongoing, we wanted to share these initial findings even as we may learn additional facts through our investigation that cause the details above to change or evolve."

T-Mobile Cyberattack: Incident Investigation & Data Breach Timeline - MSSP Alert

MSSP Alert 20 August, 2021 - 10:00pm

by Joe Panettieri • Aug 20, 2021

A T-Mobile data breach involves 5.3 million more customer records than the wireless carrier initially thought. The T-mobile cyberattack now spans more than 53 million people, according to the mobile communications company (though Vice puts the figure at closer to 100 million).

T-Mobile is working with digital forensic experts to “understand the validity of these claims, and we are coordinating with law enforcement,” the company said. T-Mobile did not disclose whether it has hired a third-party MSSP (managed security services provider) or incident response company to assist the investigation.

Here is a timeline of the T-Mobile security incident and investigation:

Friday, August 20: Multiple updates…

Thursday, August 19: T-Mobile has launched a Data Breach webpage to share the latest investigation updates, and to offer next-step security guidance for customers. The webpage will feature ongoing updates from the 5G service provider. Source: T-Mobile, August 19, 2021.

Wednesday, August 18: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said is investigating the T-Mobile US data breach. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2021.

Tuesday, August 17: Multiple Updates…

Monday, August 16: In a blog, T-Mobile confirms cybersecurity incident, but has not yet determined if any personal customer data was stolen.

Sunday, August 15, 1:31 p.m. ET: In a statement to Reuters, a T-Mobile spokesperson said: “We are aware of claims made in an underground forum and have been actively investigating their validity. We do not have any additional information to share at this time.”

Sunday, August 15, 11:03 a.m. ET: Vice reports that data allegedly stolen from T-Mobile servers may include such information as social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses and driver licenses information.

Chatter about the T-Mobile breach surfaces amid the U.S. federal government’s effort to tighten cybersecurity across the country. The effort includes President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order, which mentioned IT service providers more than a dozen times. The May 2021 executive order emphasized the need for service providers to coordinate their cyber and infrastructure security efforts with government agencies.

T-Mobile is one of the largest U.S. carriers. The company merged with Sprint in April 2020 to “deliver a transformative 5G network,” the two businesses said at the time. T-Mobile’s revenue was $20 billion in Q2 of 2021, up 13.2 percent from Q2 of 2020, the company announced in July 2021.

T-Mobile and Sprint are familiar cyberattack targets. Both companies suffered separate security breaches in 2018 or so, according to reports at the time.

Winds remain biggest concern for crews fighting Caldor Fire over weekend

iTech Post 20 August, 2021 - 07:19pm

“Luckily, the winds are not as strong as anticipated the last few days,” said Captain Keith Wade with the Sacramento Fire Department. “Moving into today, we’re going to be able to take a breath, really work on those containment lines.”

The scene along Mormon Emigrant Trail looked a lot different than it did just 24 hours prior, with fire crews creating a backburn in hopes of getting some of the fire contained.

“Supposed to be increased winds tomorrow, so that’s a concern for us,” Wade told FOX40. “That’s why we’re taking the opportunity today to really build those containment lines.”

And while the focus continues to be keeping the fire as far away from Highway 50 as possible, Wade said the coming weekend will be another challenge on its own.

“We are expecting possibly 25 mph gusts tomorrow,” Wade explained. “That’s significant and it creates a hazard for the firefighters working this incident.”

With the current drought conditions, fire crews are hoping the backburn they’ve set up will put a dent in the fire’s growth.

“There’s a lot of fuel out there from the drought and heavy timber that’s dead out there and underbrush,” Wade said. “Stuff that, when fire comes to it, it’s going to burn fast.”

Fire officials told FOX40 the damage assessment team is currently on the ground continuing to count structure damage in hopes of being able to give updates to property owners soon.

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Justice Samuel Alito issued the temporary stay late Friday night. It will remain in effect until Tuesday night so the high court can consider filings in the case.

In a landmark separation-of-powers case, the Kentucky Supreme Court said the legislature wields policy-making authority to limit the emergency powers granted to the governor by state law.

After the success of its Field of Dreams Game earlier this month, the MLB has announced plans for a follow-up in 2022, this time between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.

T-Mobile: Here’s what to do if you think your data was hacked

The Independent 20 August, 2021 - 07:35am

Earlier this week T-Mobile acknowledged that hackers had breached its security and stolen data on 40 million of its customers. The hackers claim they actually stole data on 100 million people, and were found selling the information on a forum for 6 bitcoin, or about $280,000 at the time of the listing.

Once a consumer's information has been compromised there is not way to undo that action, but there are ways that people can mitigate the potential risks tied to having their data leaked.

While "assume the worst" is advice unlikely to appear in any self-help books, it is actually a good policy for protecting yourself online. If you act as though your information has already been compromised and take appropriate security steps, then you will be protected when - or if - your data actually is stolen. Those steps include changing your passwords, setting up two-factor authentication on appropriate accounts, keeping a vigilant watch on your bank account and ordering credit reports to ensure no one is using your identity to purchase items.

While your data may not have been part of the T-Mobile breach, it is entirely possible your data was made public during one of the numerous other breaches that have occurred over the last decade.

T-Mobile has set up a special page on its website to explain the hack and provide its customers with options for protecting themselves, including free two-year access to an identity protection service through McAfee and step by step instructions for securing their accounts.

If you are fairly confident your data was stolen, it is a good idea to freeze your credit, which you can do through Equifax, Experian or TransUnion. The process is free and can be completed online, and is not permanent. You can lift the freeze whenever you want.

Freezing your credit prevents lenders from opening up new accounts in your name. This ensures identity thieves cannot use your Social Security number to sign up for a credit card in your name, or take out a loan.

In addition to checking your bank account and reviewing a credit report to ensure there has not been any unauthorized activity, it's also important to keep an eye open for bills that don't align with your spending.

While many people would be content with just tossing out a bill that seems weird or out of place, it could be evidence that your data has been stolen and is being used by a thief.

T-Mobile data breach has users scrambling to protect personal information

NBC2 News 17 August, 2021 - 11:13pm

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A major hack of one of the country’s largest cellular providers is having some people scrambling to protect their personal information.

T-Mobile announced Monday they’re investigating a data breach. The company said they’re still investigating the extent of the breach and if it’s going to impact customers.

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The company said it is “actively investigating” claims that hackers took customers’ information from T-Mobile servers. The company said they’re “confident that the entry point used to gain access has been closed.”

Robert Mason, the owner and operator of “Rob the Phone Doctor” on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers said the company will have some work to do to get to the bottom of the hack and to find a way of preventing it from happening in the future. 

“They will make an assessment of what information was breached and how it can be interpreted and then re-used,” said Mason. 

Mason said data breaches like the one T-Mobile is experiencing are becoming more common because of how much personal information is stored online.

“To be the bearer of bad news, this is the life in which we live,” said Mason. “We have to understand this is part of what’s going to happen by putting everything electronically in there.” 

Mason said there is action you can take right now to prevent becoming a victim. The first thing Mason said to do is check to see if you’ve enabled two-factor authentication on your device. 

For example-if someone signs into an unknown computer using your information, you would receive a notification on your phone notifying you someone has signed into an unknown device. It would then ask you to approve the device or deny it.

”What I do on my phone is reflected on what I do on my tablet, which is reflected on what I do on my laptop,” Mason said. 

He also urges everyone to manually go into their phone’s settings and update their software.

“Throughout the years that’s always been a point of access for theft of identity,” Mason warns. 

If you’re not sure if you’ve been hit, Mason said to keep your eyes peeled for an email from T-Mobile. 

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