Experian’s data breach puts 15 million T-Mobile users at risk

Pierluigi Paganini October 02, 2015

Experian’s data breach puts 15 million T-Mobile users’ personal information at risk- The company already started the incident response procedure.

T-Mobile has announced that data belonging to 15 million consumers may have compromised in a cyber attack that the company has suffered.

The hackers targeted the Experian company which processes some of T-Mobile’s credit applications accessing customers personal data.

“We have been notified by Experian, a vendor that processes our credit applications, that they have experienced a data breach. The investigation is ongoing, but what we know right now is that the hacker acquired the records of approximately 15 million people, including new applicants requiring a credit check for service or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.” states the official statement issued by T-Mobile.

The intruders violated the servers of the company accessing customer data, including names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. At the time I was writing there is no news regarding the exposure of credit card data.

Below some of the information provided by Experian in the official statement issued by the company.

  • On Sept. 15, 2015 Experian discovered an unauthorized party accessed T-Mobile data housed in an Experian server.
  • Experian’s consumer credit database was not accessed in this incident, and no payment card or banking information was obtained.
  • The unauthorized access was in an isolated incident over a limited period of time. It included access to a server that contained personal information for consumers who applied for T-Mobile USA postpaid services between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015.

The T-Mobile CEO expressed has expressed his disappointment on Experian’s Data Breach:

“Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said. “Experian has assured us that they have taken aggressive steps to improve the protection of their system and of our data.”

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Experian is reassuring its customers, the company has taken the necessary steps to protect its system and improve the security of its infrastructure. The company is also offering free credit monitoring and identity resolution services to its customers.

“Anyone concerned that they may have been impacted by Experian’s data breach can sign up for two years of FREE credit monitoring and identity resolution services atwww.protectmyID.com/securityincident. Additionally, Experian issued a press release that you can read here, and you can view their Q&A at Experian.com/T-MobileFacts.”

In response to the data breach, the Experian company reported the incident to the federal and international law enforcement agencies and it is notifying the individuals who may have been affected.

“We continue to investigate the theft, closely monitor our systems, and work with domestic and international law enforcement. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.” continues the statements published by the Experian company.

Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – Experian data breach , T-Mobile)

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