Yesterday, Oct 1, 2015, Experian disclosed a massive data breach that exposed around 15 million people who applied for service with T-Mobile. They said they discovered the theft of the data on Sept 15.
The server that was hacked stored information about approximately 15 million people who had applied for serve from T-Mobile during the prior two years. The data included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and identification numbers (i.e. driver’s license, military ID, or passport number). This is all information criminals love to use in identity theft and other types of fraud.
In a letter to consumers, T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere said,
“Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected. I take our customer and prospective customer privacy VERY seriously. This is no small issue for us.”
Experian said they have launched an investigation into this breach and consulted with law enforcement. They also this breach didn’t affect their consumer credit database nor was payment card or banking information taken. Experian will notify individuals who may have been affected. They are offering free credit monitoring and identify resolution services for two years.
For the full article from Reuters click here.
For the Letter to Consumers from T-Mobile CEO click here.
For FAQs from T-Mobile about this incident click here.
For FAQs from Experian click here.