Massive Cyberattack May Have Exposed 100 Million Users

( Cellphone carrier T-Mobile is dealing with yet another hacking that could be affecting the personal information and data of many of its customers.

At this point, company executives haven’t confirmed whether the personal data of its customers was stolen during the hacking. But, it’s yet another incident where the cellphone carrier giant has found itself very vulnerable to hacking attempts.

Over the weekend, Vice’s Motherboard reported that the telecom company was experiencing a huge breach. The media outlet found that hackers were posting on online forums that they were willing to sell the personal data of T-Mobile customers.

The hackers claimed they had the Social Security numbers, names and addresses — as well as other personal information — for T-Mobile customers. If this is indeed proven to be true, then it would be the largest hacking incident that T-Mobile has experienced. It could be affecting all 100 million of the company’s customers.

A spokesperson for the company issued a statement Monday, saying the company is “working around the clock to investigate” the hacking claims. As of yet, though, T-Mobile doesn’t have a complete picture of how widespread the data breach could possibly be.

The spokesperson said in the statement:

“We have determined that unauthorized access to some T-Mobile data occurred, however we have not yet determined that there is any personal customer data involved. We are confident that the entry point used to gain access has been closed, and we are continuing our deep technical review of the situation across our systems to identify the nature of any data that was illegally accessed.”

The company did acknowledge that many of its customers obviously have huge concerns and ongoing questions regarding the possible breach. As such, the spokesperson added in the statement:

“Until we have completed this assessment we cannot confirm the reported number of records affected or the validity of statements made by others … Once we have a more complete and verified understanding of what occurred, we will proactively communicate with our customers and other stakeholders.”

In each of the last three years, T-Mobile has experienced a significant data breach. In total, these breaches have affected nearly 3.2 million people.

A 2018 breach affected roughly 2 million of its customers. Another in 2019 affected 1 million customers, and another at the end of 2020 affected approximately 200,000 customers.

Also in March of 2020, T-Mobile’s company email system that is used by employees as well as other customer data was breached during another hacking incident.

Earlier this year, the company addressed the late 2020 attack, saying in a blog post on its website that the security incident saw “customer proprietary network information” accessed improperly. Some of this, they said, could have included “phone number, number of lines subscribed to on your account and, in some cases, call-related information collected as part of the normal operation of your wireless service.”

It looks like it’s time for someone to step in and see what’s really going on at T-Mobile.