Big-Name Data Breaches Make the News
As 2020 turned to the New Year, we were reminded – repeatedly – of the need to guard against fraud and the dangers of identity theft.
T-Mobile, one of America’s largest wireless network operators, revealed that hackers gained access to data for about 200,000 customers, including phone numbers and other information. And in an unrelated case, a nonprofit with links to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, exposed personal data of hundreds of thousands of young people.
“Our Cybersecurity team recently discovered and shut down malicious, unauthorized access to some information related to your T-Mobile account,” the company said in letters to customers and on its website. In addition to phone numbers, the hackers captured details such as the number of lines subscribed to in an account, and certain call-related data that T-Mobile did not describe publicly.
But the telecom giant emphasized that customer names were not taken. And it did not plan to provide free credit-monitoring services for those affected.
“The data accessed did not include names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs,” the company said.
The breach was T-Mobile’s second of 2020, and its fourth in recent years. In 2018, up to 2 million T-Mobile customers may have had information exposed. Another breach occurred in 2019. In April of last year, T-Mobile completed a merger with Sprint Corp. and now claims more than 98 million subscribers.