T-Mobile (TMUS.O) said it is looking into an allegation made on an internet forum that claims the personal information of over 100 million subscribers has been compromised.
T-Mobile spokesperson said in a statement, “We are aware of claims made in an underground forum and have been actively investigating their validity. We do not have any additional information to share at this time,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
The accusations of a data breach were originally revealed by Vice, a digital media outlet located in the United States. The forum post does not identify T-Mobile, according to a story in Vice’s Motherboard, but the hacker informed Vice that they acquired data on over 100 million individuals from T-Mobile servers. According to the investigation, the investigation contained phone numbers, social security numbers, names, driving license information, and physical addresses.
According to the Vice report, the hacker is asking for 6 bitcoin on an online forum for a portion of the data that includes 30 million social security numbers and driving licenses, while the remainder is being sold privately. If verified, the data breach may affect virtually every T-Mobile user in the United States; according to FactSet statistics, the telecom company reported approximately 104.79 million U.S. subscribers in its second-quarter earnings report last month.