Experian, who T-Mobile uses for consumers applying for phone plans & financing devices, reported Oct. 1, 2015 that customers who applied between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2016 had their information stolen. Authorities were immediately notified after discovery of the hack and “there is no evidence to date that the data has been used inappropriately.” The hack actually happened on Experian’s server.
T-Mobile customers can sign-up for two free years of credit monitoring services at www.protectmyID.com/securityincident, which is a service owned by Experian. But this arraignment immediately drew sarcastic responses on Twitter, prompting T-Mobile CEO John Legere to respond to tweeters that are unhappy with the resolution offered.
Legere wrote, “I hear you re: Experian as service protection option. I am moving as fast as possible to get an alternate option in place by tomorrow.” Earlier in a statement he expressed he was “incredibly angry” about the breach, and they would review their relationship with Experian.
A Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan said “customers will be cynical about using credit monitoring from Experian, why would you trust someone with your accounts that’s been breached.” Although she says customers should use the service, she suggests they check their credit reports for free at www.annualcreditreport.com as an alternative.
The information stolen included Social Security number, home addresses, birthdates and other personal information.
There has been a string of high-profile hacking attacks in recent years, nearly 800 breaches were reported last year by U.S. organizations according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
Read Article (Tali Arbel | phys.org | 10/01/2015)
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