Today, Joseph Cox from Vice has reported (https://www.vice.com/en/article/akg8wg/tmobile-investigating-customer-data-breach-100-million) that a hacker has claimed to have hacked into T-Mobile and stolen extremely sensitive data on over 100 million customers. The sample data that is currently available on the dark web looks legitimate. In addition, Motherboard has said that the hacker is selling a subset of the data containing 30 million social security numbers and driver licenses for around $270,000. They are planning to sell the rest through private sales.
The hacked data includes the following extremely sensitive information:
* Customer Names
* Social security numbers
* Phone numbers
* Physical addresses
* Unique IMEI numbers
* Driver licenses information
Other hackers could use this information and scammers for all sorts of nasty things, including identity theft, and most worrying for me is that hackers will now be able to match the IMEI (which is your personal identifier) of your phone with your data which makes you easier to track and attack.
T-Mobile said in a statement, “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.”
If you are a customer of T-mobile, please contact them straight away to find out if your data was involved in the breach, and if so, what are they going to do to protect you from identity theft, etc. If I were you, I would also get a new phone with a new IMEI number.
I will keep you posted on this story as it develops and in the meantime, please let me know if you need anything at all.
All the best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.