I will file this one in the unconfirmed rumor section for now. A group of hackers is claiming to have penetrated into T-Mobile’s internal network and posted the following message:
The U.S. T-Mobile network predominately uses the GSM/GPRS/EDGE 1900 MHz frequency-band, making it the largest 1900 MHz network in the United States. Service is
available in 98 of the 100 largest markets and 268 million potential customers.
Like Checkpoint Tmobile has been owned for some time. We have everything, their databases, confidental documents, scripts and programs from their servers,
financial documents up to 2009.
We already contacted with their competitors and they didn’t show interest in buying their data -probably because the mails got to the wrong people- so now we are
offering them for the highest bidder. Please only serious offers, don’t waste our time.
If this is true that is quite troublesome since T-Mobile may also store your social security number along with credit card numbers. So far T-Mobile is responding that they will let us know if they have been hacked but that is not reassuring. Having some familiarity with the Payment Card Industry rules I know that T-Mobile will have to at least disclose this to the credit card companies and the authorities within 24 hours so expect to hear more soon. They will also have to notify all customers if they do confirm an issue.
On the other hand any group of hackers could just claim they have hacked their servers and try to sell the data. Only time will tell. I just hope they don’t still have my data on file from when I was a customer years ago…