Breach Brief – T-Mobile

Published On August 16, 2021 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

If you have a T-Mobile account pay attention. Even as you read this T-Mobile is investigating a suspected breach of customer personally identifiable data. As you have probably guessed, you might be caught up in another data breach.

The data reportedly includes the social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, unique device IMEI numbers, and driver license data of roughly 100 million T-Mobile customers. That’s the mother lode! The hacker is asking for payment in bitcoin for a portion of the data containing 30 million social security numbers and driver licenses. The remaining 70 million files is reportedly being sold privately. So this information is likely headed to the criminal dark web where Social Security numbers are highly valued. According to Motherboard the hacker claims to have hacked into several T-Mobile servers.

T-Mobile has not yet acknowledged the breach only saying; “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.” That’s corporate speak for  “We don’t know what hit us!”

Now before you panic you need to understand a few things. Fist of all this may be nothing at all since T-Mobile was hacked several times before in 2018. In that breach only about 2 million records were stolen. This suspected data breach could be a false alarm. It is not unheard of for hackers to re-sell previously stolen data as new. So we should give T-Mobile time to verify the facts.  Another thing you need to consider is the amount of bitcoin the hacker is asking for. Reports are that he, or she, is only asking about 6 bitcoins which equates to $275,0000 to $300,000 for 30 million files. Another indicator this could BS. That is actually a paltry sum if the hacker indeed has 100  million records. That could indicate an amateur who is not familiar with the price of stolen data. This does not fit with known patterns of hackers stealing data. Normally a hacker would offer a sample of the data to be verified by the owner then ask for a few million dollars in bitcoin or they would sell it to the highest bidder. But of course I could be wrong. Lets wait and see.


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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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