Mobile Security Breach Exposes Personal Information

T-Mobile put an end to that access, but it wasn't in time to prevent things like names, phone numbers, and email addresses from being left vulnerable. Financial data - like credit card information - and social security numbers were not compromised in the breach, the company says.

Customer data hacks at large companies are becoming so common now that it's hard to even get upset sometimes.

This Thursday, the two companies posted a statement on the T-Mobile website, saying a potential security breach, which occurred on August 20, was discovered and promptly shut down.

The page describes the breach as "unauthorized access to certain information" which may have included "personal information" such as a customer's "name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number and account type (prepaid or postpaid)".

T-Mobile MSG: Hello - We ID'ed & shut down and unauthorized capture of your info.

Props: Credit to T-Mobile for its promptness in reporting the breach. That's tragic in and of itself, really.

T-Mobile isn't really saying a great deal about the incident other than trying to downplay its severity and impressing on customers that it acted quickly to stop the attack.

Speaking to Motherboard, a T-Mobile spokesperson said the cybersecurity incident affected roughly 3 percent of its 77 million customers, or approximately 2 - 2.5 million customers.

T-Mobile's letter didn't say what the hackers' motivation might have been. It is unclear whether the exposed data was actually stolen by the hackers.

Affected customers will be notified directly by T-Mobile and are being advised to contact the Customer Care team if they have any concerns.

  • Anthony Vega