T-Mobile experience Data Breach during Security Incident. In 2020, there have been several high-profile data breaches, and as we move closer to the end of the year, we have yet another to report.
This time, cellular carrier T-Mobile T-Mobile experience Data Breach, which recently disclosed a security incident that exposed the phone numbers and call-records of some of its customers.
T-Mobile’s official statement on their experience of a Data Breach reads in part, as follows:
“We are currently notifying a small number of customers (less than 0.2 percent) that some information related to their account may have been illegally accessed. The data accessed did NOT include any names associated with the account, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, passwords, PINs, or physical or email addresses. The information assessment may have included phone numbers, a number of lines subscribed to and in a small number of cases some call-related information collected as part of normal operation and service.”
There are a couple of points that stand out in this part of T-Mobile’s Data Breach notification. First, the attack’s scope and scale appear to have limits, thanks to the company’s security staff’s rapid response.
Second, although any data loss is terrible, it does not appear that any immediately financially impactful information like names and payment card information was stolen. That’s small consolation to anyone who values their privacy, but the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Clever hackers can use the information gleaned to make these phishing attacks. If you receive a text message from T-Mobile indicating that your information accessed during the breach, be mindful of the fact that you may begin receiving unsolicited communications. The text could most likely be spoofing T-Mobile in a bid to get more information from you.