T-Mobile has once again made it to the news owing to a security incident. One more time, T-Mobile has suffered a data breach that exposed the personal and financial information of their customers. T-Mobile is presently notifying customers affected during this incident.
T-Mobile Data Breach
Reportedly, T-Mobile has once again suffered a data breach affecting numerous users. While it isn’t clear how many users were affected by the breach, the extent of information exposed during the incident sounds huge.
Specifically, the incident happened as a result of a malicious attack against their email vendors. As a result, the attackers could gain access to T-mobile employee email accounts that included customers’ information.
The news surfaced online after the service started notifying their customers about a ‘security event’ they recently ‘shut down’. Nonetheless, they have sent these notifications differently to every customer based on the extent of information exposed.
For the customers who only suffered breach of personal details, the company directed them to the PII notice of the breach. In the case of these customers, the affected information included names, addresses, phone numbers, govt. ID numbers, Social Security numbers, billing and account details, rate plans and features, and financial account data.
While, to some other users, the firm forwarded another security notice addressing the breach of account information. For such customers, the exposed data includes personal details such as names, contact numbers, addresses, account numbers, billing information, rate plans and features. Whereas, their Social Security numbers and financial information remained unaffected during the incident.
Following the incident, the telecom giant began notifying affected customers. Though, they assured no misuse so far of the exposed details.
For users receiving the PII breach notice, T-Mobile has offered free credit monitoring and identity theft services for two-years. However, for the other subset of the affected users, the firm hasn’t offered any such compensation.
This isn’t the first time that the company has suffered a security incident. In 2018, they twice made it to the news owing to data breaches.
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