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posted by janrinok on Tuesday April 02, @06:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the please-reset-my-social-security-number dept.

AT&T Says Data From 73 Million Current, Former Account Holders Leaked

AT&T says data from 73 million current, former account holders leaked:

AT&T notifies users of data breach and resets millions of passcodes:

Inside the Massive Alleged AT&T Data Breach:

AT&T said it has begun notifying millions of customers about the theft of personal data recently discovered online.

The telecommunications giant said Saturday that a dataset found on the "dark web" contains information such as Social Security numbers for about 7.6 million current AT&T account holders and 65.4 million former account holders.

The company said it has already reset the passcodes of current users and will be communicating with account holders whose sensitive personal information was compromised.

It is not known if the data "originated from AT&T or one of its vendors," the company said in a statement. The compromised data is from 2019 or earlier and does not appear to include financial information or call history, it said. In addition to passcodes and Social Security numbers, it may include email and mailing addresses, phone numbers and birth dates.

While the data surfaced on a hacking forum nearly two weeks ago, it closely resembles a similar data breach that surfaced in 2021 but which AT&T never acknowledged, said cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt.

"If they assess this and they made the wrong call on it, and we've had a course of years pass without them being able to notify impacted customers," then it's likely the company will soon face class action lawsuits, said Hunt, founder of an Australia-based website for warning people when their personal information has been exposed.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by jasassin on Tuesday April 02, @01:46PM (1 child)

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Tuesday April 02, @01:46PM (#1351343) Homepage Journal

    SSN's were stolen? Wow! Someone brought in a flash drive, dumped a table, went out for a smoke break and came back with the goods to ruin millions of peoples lives, and they don't know who pulled the table or what the fuck is even going on (it happened in 2019 [or earlier] and they just found out). FUCK YOU AT&T! If someone pulled some identity theft on me after something like this... I'm sorry but a class action lawsuit isn't going to cut it. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure any lawsuit would cut it. I won't say what would cut it, because I don't want to end up on a list.

    I'm so glad I was never an AT&T customer (and never will be).

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday April 02, @02:33PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 02, @02:33PM (#1351347) Journal

    If you never signed an agreement with AT&T, then you mist the fine print. The signer would give AT&T the right to harvest their organs in the middle of the night, along with the organs of any family members. While wealthy people might hire guards to protect themselves at night, they need to be aware that AT&T agents have the ability to take on human form.

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