This Sunday, T-Mobile confirmed it was investigating a potential data breach. The suspicion was raised by a post on an online forum claiming considerable amounts of data were stolen from T-Mobile servers.
T-Mobile is a major cellphone service and cloud solutions provider. It services millions of users each month and runs many sensitive operations.
The seller on the forum requested 6 bitcoins (around $285.000) for data of 30 million users. The info in question allegedly contains very sensitive info like social security numbers and driver’s licenses.
It’s data that could easily lead to identity theft.
The initial samples of the data do seem to look authentic, according to Motherboard reports. The seller also claims T-Mobile already knows of the authenticity of the breach, as they have removed the backdoor placed on their servers.
The assessment by T-Mobile is yet to be published, though the company claims it is actively investigating the claims.
This is not the first data breach for T-Mobile. The company has had at least one major breach per year since 2018. The previous data theft happened in December 2020.
Unfortunately, the latest breach has the potential to be much more serious if proven authentic and might damage the company’s reputation even further.
What does this mean for you if you’re a T-Mobile customer?
Although there is still time for the breach to be disproved or mitigated, you should do your best to protect yourself in advance.
Identity theft protection services can warn you if anyone tries to abuse your personal details. On top of that, you can use sites like Have I Been Pwned to check if some of your less risky data might have fallen into the wrong hands.