Breach exposed details of 2 million T-Mobile US customers

The T Mobile logo stands outside the Deutsche Telekom AG headquarters in Bonn Germany on Feb. 22 2018. Bloomberg

But data breaches and new kinds of cellular fraud are gradually making the practice less effective, Guido says.

Credit cards, passwords, and social security numbers were not accessed, according to T-Mobile.

T-Mobile said the hacker (or hackers) did not gain access to passwords, social security numbers, or any financial information.

Announced by T-Mobile this morning, the carrier was hit by a data breach on August 20, with roughly 2 million customers affected.

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T-Mobile is informing customers of the breach "out an abundance of caution", but isn't viewing this as a major incident. While the intrusion was rapidly shut down, customer names, billing ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, and account types are believed to be involved in the data breach. Affecting customers in the USA, the hack is not the first time T-Mobile customers have been put at risk; a couple of years ago company data was leaked via Experian. "And don't call a phone number included in the email".

Affected T-Mobile customers are being notified directly by the company by a text message.

"We take the security of your information very seriously and have a number of safeguards in place to protect your personal information from unauthorized access".

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