HERE IS THE LIFELOCK ALERT I RECIEVED YESTERDAY, NOTE I AM NOT A CURRENT TMOBILE CUSTOMER AND HAVE NOT BEEN FOR OVER TEN YEARS.
|Sensitive information of T-Mobile customers potentially obtained in a cyber security incident.|
Why am I receiving this?
You are receiving this notification because a cyber security incident was publicly announced. If we detect your personal information on the dark web, we’ll send you a notification.
- Who: T-Mobile, a mobile telecommunications company
- Incident disclosure date: August 15, 2021
- Impact: Potentially 100 million customers
- Impacted data could include:
- Customer name
- Social Security number
- Phone numbers
- Driver’s license info
- Physical address
- Unique mobile phone identifiers
T-Mobile is currently investigating the incident and has said it has not determined whether customer data was involved in the unauthorized access. The company said the entry point used to gain access has been closed.
Not all data breaches are created equal. None of them are good, but they do come in varying degrees of bad. And given how regularly they happen, it’s understandable that you may have become inured to the news. Still, a T-Mobile breach that hackers claim involved the data of 100 million people deserves your attention, especially if you’re a customer of the “un-carrier.”
As first reported by Motherboard on Sunday, someone on the dark web claims to have obtained the data of 100 million from T-Mobile’s servers and is selling a portion of it on an underground forum for 6 bitcoin, about $280,000. The trove includes not only names, phone numbers, and physical addresses but also more sensitive data like social security numbers, driver’s license information, and IMEI numbers, unique identifiers tied to each mobile device. Motherboard confirmed that samples of the data “contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers.”
A lot of that information is already widely available, even the social security numbers, which can be found on any number of public records sites. There’s also the reality that most people’s data has been leaked at some point or another. But the apparent T-Mobile breach offers potential buyers a blend of data that could be used to great effect, and not in ways you might automatically assume.