What you need to know
- Carrier T-Mobile has confirmed that unauthorized access to data on its servers did occur.
- The company hasn't confirmed that personal data was stolen during the attack.
Following the news that T-Mobile was the victim of a data breach that saw personal data appear on the black market, the carrier has now released a statement. That statement confirms that someone did have access to data that they shouldn't have, but T-Mobile isn't sure that any of it was personal.
Yesterday saw Vice report that it had seen data that was supposedly stolen during the attack, including "social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, unique IMEI numbers, and driver licenses information."
T-Mobile isn't so sure.
Both T-Mobile and the person who claims to have carried out the attack say that access to the servers has been revoked, so thinks should be fine from here on out. That doesn't mean that people won't be concerned about the information that could now be in the wild, however. T-Mobile says it will reach out to customers if and when it learns more.
T-Mobile has long been a popular option for people on the lookout for a great iPhone carrier. But security issues like this might give new customers cause for concern.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
The amount of spam I've been getting says Yes. Data was definitely stolen.
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