Huge T-Mobile hack could have compromised personal data of 100 million users
- A hacker claims to have stolen the personal information of 100 million T-Mobile customers.
- Motherboard was able to see a sample of this information and verify its accuracy.
- T-Mobile is investigating the matter.
A massive data breach may have exposed the sensitive personal information of as many as 100 million T-Mobile customers. The information reportedly includes people’s social security numbers, phone numbers, physical addresses, IMEI numbers, and driver’s licenses.
According to Motherboard, the hacker claims to have obtained the information from multiple T-Mobile servers. The publication has seen samples of the data and confirms that it contains accurate details about T-Mobile users.
The hacker is also looking to make a pretty penny by selling this huge trove of personal data on an underground forum. The asking price is six bitcoins, which amounts to around $270,000, for a subset of data of 30 million T-Mobile customers.
“I think they already found out because we lost access to the backdoored servers,” the sellers told Motherboard, referring to T-Mobile’s actions against the breach. However, the hacker claims to have already downloaded the customer data locally. “It’s backed up in multiple places,” they said.
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Meanwhile, T-Mobile has started investigating the matter. The company issued the following statement in response to the alleged hack:
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.
It’s unclear what’ll happen to the stolen data of millions of T-Mobile users. If it ends up being sold, it could potentially harm all the affected users and also spark lawsuits against T-Mobile.
We’ll update this article if T-Mobile confirms the hack or shares any other information about it.