In August of 2021, T-Mobile announced a breach in the system that affected over 50 million customers. Unfortunately, a hacker got in, stealing customers’ personal data. Thankfully, no financial information was compromised.
T-Mobile Security Breach
A few months ago, 21-year-old American John Brinns was able to gain access to customers’ personal files. This includes information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, and whatnot. Using an unprotected router, Brinns found a few weak spots in their security system. His goal was to make personal information available on the dark web. Since then, Brinns is now dealing with legal consequences. Thankfully, the company was able to confirm that he did not obtain any credit card numbers. Additionally, usernames and passwords also remain safe. Since then, the company has apologized. Also, they are now partnering with McAfee for better online security. To extend their apology, they are offering a free 2-year McAfee ID Theft Protection program. You can read more about the incident and their solution in their official statement.
So, now is a good time to check your e-mail addresses and passwords to make sure they are safe. You can do so with Google Password Check-Up or Mozilla Firefox Monitor. Remember to stay safe on the Internet!
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