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T-Mobile accounts hacked in the US?

T-Mobile suffers from hack attack
T-Mobile suffers from hack attack

T-Mobile may have been the victim of a massive data breach in the US, after reports are suggesting that hackers have got hold of the network's "proprietary operating data, customer databases and financial records".

Channel Insider is reporting that an email sent to the Full Disclosure mailing list – posted on insecure.org – points to an auction where the sensitive data is being sold, after T-Mobile's rivals "didn't show interest in buying their data".

Protection is paramount

There are no details on how the hack took place, but some code has been posted that is said to prove the breach took place.

If the email turns out to be correct, then this will be a blow to T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the US and a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom.

In response, T-Mobile has said in a statement: "The protection of our customers' information, and the safety and security of our systems, is absolutely paramount at T-Mobile.

"Regarding the recent claim, we are fully investigating the matter. As is our standard practice, if there is any evidence that customer information has been compromised, we would inform those affected as soon as possible."

Via SlashDot and The Register

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.