Updated on: 22 September 2023 by Vilius Petkauskas Deputy Editor
T-Mobile, the global telecoms giant, could be facing a third data breach in less than 12 months. Cybercriminals say they’ve exposed employee credentials, customer info, and other sensitive data.
T-Mobile, the Deutsche Telekom-owned brand with operating subsidiaries in the US, Poland, and other countries, could be heading for a rocky end to the year, with a third major data breach on its hands.
Threat actors posted a database on a cybercriminal forum, which they claim contains information stolen in April 2023. The post says the stolen data includes employee credentials, partial Social Security numbers (SSNs), email addresses, customer data, T-Mobile’s sales and analytics data, and other information.
The post advertising the leak is called “T-Mobile, Connectivity Source”. Connectivity Source is one of T-Mobile’s authorized retailers serving customers T-Mobile branded stores.
According to the Cybernews research team, the sample data that attackers posted appears legitimate. So far, there’s no confirmed information about what data the leaked dataset contains. However, the team said that attackers posted a massive amount of data, 90 GB in total.
Cybernews has reached out to T-Mobile for confirmation, however, we did not receive a reply before publishing this article.
According to malware researchers vx-underground, who claim to have insider knowledge about the breach, the data was stolen shortly after T-Mobile‘s second hack of this year, which occurred in March, 2023.
Also in March, the company disclosed a cyberattack in which attackers may have accessed T-Mobile account PINs, SSNs, full names, and other data. In January 2023, T-Mobile USA suffered a breach involving the accounts of 37 million of its cell phone users.
The company has suffered numerous data breaches in the past as well. In August 2021, T-Mobile reported a data breach after an online forum said that the personal data of more than 100 million of the company’s users was leaked.
Bleeping Computers Comments:
By Sergiu Gatlan
September 20, 2023 05:11 PM 2
T-Mobile app glitch let users see other people’s account info
T-Mobile says a cyberattack did not cause this incident, and its systems were not breached.
Also, despite the significant wave of customers reporting that they’ve been affected by this issue, T-Mobile says the incident had limited impact, only affecting less than 100 individuals.
“There was no cyberattack or breach at T-Mobile,” a spokesperson told BleepingComputer when asked for more details.
“This was a temporary system glitch related to a planned overnight technology update involving limited account information for fewer than 100 customers, which was quickly resolved.”
Nine data breaches since 2018
In May, T-Mobile disclosed the second data breach since the start of 2023 after hundreds of customers had their personal information exposed between late February and March after attackers hacked into the carrier’s systems.
In January, the mobile carrier revealed another data breach after the sensitive info of 37 million customers was stolen using one of its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
Since 2018, T-Mobile has been hit by seven other data breaches:
In August 2018, attackers accessed the data of around 3% of all T-Mobile customers.
In 2019, T-Mobile exposed the account info of an undisclosed number of prepaid customers.
In March 2020, T-Mobile employees were affected by a breach exposing their personal and financial information.
In December 2020, threat actors accessed customer proprietary network info (phone numbers, call records).
In February 2021, an internal T-Mobile app was accessed by unknown attackers without authorization.
In August 2021, hackers brute-forced their way through T-Mobile’s network following a breach of one of its testing environments.
In April 2022, the notorious Lapsus$ extortion gang breached T-Mobile’s network using stolen credentials.
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