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T-Mobile increases tally of hacked accounts to 53 million, includes former customers

PUBLISHED ON 2021-08-21 02:20:00 EST Yashasvini

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T-Mobile US Inc has updated the tally of the number of people whose data had been compromised in cyber-attack from 40 million to 53 million. 

In its latest update, T-Mobile revealed it had identified 5.3 million additional current wireless subscribers, affected by the breach as well as 667,000 more accounts of former customers.

The company had earlier announced that the victims included nearly 7.8 million current subscribers with postpaid plans, and people who applied for credit with T-Mobile, whether or not, they ended up doing business with it.

The stolen data included first and last names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license information, of current and potential customers.

The seller said that the data included 30 million social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, unique IMEI numbers, and driver's licenses information. They were selling it for 6 bitcoin or nearly $270,000.

Cyber-attacks have increased due to weak work-from-home networks which are easily infringed by hackers due to low-security levels.

Picture Credits : Wall Street Journal

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