Over 47 million people’s data was lost by the US telecommunications giant “T-Mobile. The company recently suffered a data breach that led to such an event. With more than 100 million customers, the company found that around 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customer accounts’ data emerged to be stolen. Along with it, over 40 million records of former or prospective customers’ data have also been compromised.
Although the company denies it to have any sensitive information such as Phone no. , account number, PINs, or financial information, yet customer’s names, date of birth, SSN, and ID information have leaked. FCC spokesperson said, that “these telecommunication companies must perform, i.e.; to protect their customers’ crucial data and they are aware of a data breach in T-mobiles and are investigating it”.
The data breach is not the first time T-Mobile suffered. In 2015, AT&T was made to pay a $25 million fine to settle the FCC investigation into consumer privacy violation case.
The company’s vice told that the seller was offering a deal- 6 Bitcoin, i.e.; $270,000 in exchange for 30 million people’s data. Later reports suggest that the ransom amount was degraded and entire data was sold just for $200, although no truth behind it has been found. With the rise in the Covid-19 pandemic, these digital thugs are taking advantage of weakened security by work-from-home policy to fulfill their desires.