T-Mobile looking potential hack of data on one hundred million customers

The hacker supposedly plans to sell a set of their purloined info six BTC ($286,000).

U.S. telecommunication large T-Mobile is looking into an alleged huge data breach that will have compromised nearly one hundred million users.

According to Vice’s Motherboard, T-Mobile is working on an alleged data breach claimed by the author of the post on associate underground forum. The Aug. 15 report says the hacker claims to possess obtained data on quite one hundred million customers from T-Mobile servers.

The seller is inquiring for six BTC — roughly $287,000 at current costs, in exchange for a few of the info.

Motherboard has seen samples of the info that embody Social Security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, distinctive IMEI numbers and driver license info.

The seller told the outlet that they’re privately selling most of the info at the instant, however can hand a set of the info containing thirty million Social Security numbers and driver licenses for the BTC ransom.

Referring to T-Mobile’s alert and potential response to the breach, the hacker said “I assume they already found out because we  lost access to the backdoored servers.”

A T-Mobile spokesman said that the corporate is “aware of claims created in an underground forum” and is “actively working on their validity” adding: “We don’t have any other info to share at now.”

It is not the primary time T-Mobile has been in the middle of a cyber-security scandal. In Feb, the mobile carrier was sued by a victim who  lost $450,000 in Bitcoin in an exceedingly SIM-swap attack.

A SIM-swap attack happens once the victim’s mobile number  is purloined. This can be used  to hijack the victim’s on-line money and social media accounts by intercepting machine-driven messages or phone calls that are m used for two-factor authentication security measures.

In this case, the victim Calvin Cheng accused T-Mobile of failing to implement adequate security policies to stop unauthorized access to its customers’ accounts.

T-Mobile was additionally sued in July 2020 by the chief operating officer of a crypto firm over a series of SIM-swaps that resulted within the loss of $8.7 million price of digital assets.

In Apr this year, hardware billfold manufacturer, Ledger, sweet-faced a class-action case concerning the foremost data  breach that saw the private data of 270,000 customers purloined between Apr and June 2020.