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Mobile data breach exposes personal details of 2M customers

Mobile data breach exposes personal details of 2M customers

A T-Mobile spokesperson declined to specify how those passwords were encrypted, or what hashing algorithm was used, said the report.

In a letter posted to its website, the telecommunications company revealed that personal information, including customer names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and account numbers, were recently exposed to hackers.

T-Mobile specified in the statement that customers' payment card details, passwords and social security number were not exposed. Affected customers were being notified.

The breach was discovered on August 20 by T-Mobile's cyber-security team and shut down, but not before the damage was done.

If you have questions about this incident or your account, please contact Customer Care at your convenience.

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However, a T-Mobile spokesperson clarified the scope of the matter to Motherboard, reporting that 2 million wireless customers were impacted by the breach.

This isn't the first time T-Mobile makes the news for security-related problems in recent months, but the carrier seems to respond quickly and effectively to these situations.

According to T-Mobile, it has notified its affected customers, so those who do not receive a notification are not believed to have been involved in the breach. This can be most easily done by dialling 611 on your mobile phone.

T-Mobile reiterated it has safeguards in place to prevent unauthorised access but did not say if it would be making any major changes to its systems. The breach's limited scope might also be attributable at least partially to what was described as the quick response on the part of T-Mobile's cybersecurity team.


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