T-Mobile – Hoax Or Hacked?

Having missed out on the free Ericsson laptop I bought myself a G1 from T-Mobile but am, for once, fortunate to be living in the UK because T-Mobile’s US network has allegedly been hacked, according to an email posted this weekend on Insecure.org.

A statement on the site said –

“We have everything, their databases, confidential documents, scripts and programs from their servers, financial documents up to 2009.”

“We already contacted… their competitors and they didn’t show interest in buying their data – probably because the mails got to the wrong people – so now we are offering them for the highest bidder.”

Obviously if its true then it could be a veritable disaster, not only for T-Mobile, but also for their millions of customers.

As far as I can find out, T-Mobile have yet to confirm or deny the breach.

They have, however, issued a statement –

“The protection of our customers’ information, and the safety and security of our systems, is absolutely paramount at T-Mobile,” the company said. “Regarding the recent claim, we are fully investigating the matter. As is our standard practice, if there is any evidence that customer information has been compromised, we would inform those affected as soon as possible.”

The group behind the ‘hacking’ allegedly attempted to contact T-Mobile’s competitors in order to sell the data, but couldn’t find a buyer.

Now, the data is for sale to the highest bidder.

The email includes an extensive list of servers supposedly owned by T-Mobile.

Are you guys in the US concerned that your data is at risk or does T-Mobile’s silence lead you to believe that this story may be a hoax?

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Here’s an update from cnet : T-Mobile says network was not hacked or breached : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10260937-83.html?tag=mncol;posts

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