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T-Mobile Says Data on Over 48 Million People Stolen by Hackers The stolen data includes customer names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and driver's license information.

By The Epoch Times

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Data on nearly 8 million T-Mobile customers was stolen by a hacker, the company said late Tuesday.

A preliminary analysis also signaled that information on just over 40 million additional people who applied for credit from T-Mobile was also stolen.

No phone numbers, account numbers, PINs, passwords, or financial information was compromised for most people, according to the company. However, the phone numbers, account PINS, and names of about 850,000 prepaid customers were exposed.

The discovery came after a hacker claimed in an online forum this month that they had stolen data from T-Mobile.

The company became aware of the claim and launched an investigation.

Cybersecurity experts tapped by T-Mobile identified an access point believed to be used by the hacker and closed it.

This week, experts verified that some data was accessed by hackers, and began coordinating with law enforcement.

"While our investigation is still underway and we continue to learn additional details, we have now been able to confirm that the data stolen from our systems did include some personal information," the company said.

The stolen data includes customer names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and driver's license information.

T-Mobile is now offering two years of free identity protection services and plans to publish a webpage soon that includes recommendations for what current, former, and prospective customers should do in the wake of the breach.

For now, the company recommends all T-Mobile customers change their PINS. T-Mobile already reset the PINS for the prepaid customer accounts that were exposed.

A person who identified themselves as the seller of the hacked information told Vice News that they had data for over 100 million people from T-Mobile servers.

The seller was asking for 6 bitcoin for the hacked data. Bitcoin are currently selling for about $45,100 each.

T-Mobile data have been exposed before. A breach at Experian, a credit bureau, left Social Security numbers and other information for approximately 15 million people who applied for credit from T-Mobile exposed.

By Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

The Epoch Times, founded in 2000, is headquartered in Manhattan, New York, with a mission to provide independent and accurate information free of political bias or corporate influence. The organization was established in response to censorship within China and a lack of global awareness regarding the Chinese regime's repression of the spiritual practice Falun Gong.

The Epoch Times is a widely read newspaper that is distributed in 33 countries and is available in 21 languages. The publication has been critical in providing balanced and detailed reporting on major global events such as the 2003 SARS pandemic and the 2008 financial crisis. Notably, the organization has played a key role in exposing corruption inside China.

Aside from its human rights coverage, The Epoch Times has made significant contributions in a variety of fields. It has received praise for its in-depth analysis and expert perspectives on business, the economy and U.S. politics. The newspaper has also received praise for its broad coverage of these topics.

A series of editorials titled "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" appeared in The Epoch Times in 2004. It asserts that freedom and prosperity in China can only be achieved by eliminating the Communist Party, which violated China's cultural and spiritual values. In addition, the organization led the Tuidang movement, which resulted in over 400 million Chinese citizens quitting the Communist Party. In spite of this, 90% of websites referring to the "Nine Commentaries" were blocked by the Chinese regime.

The Epoch Times has been at the forefront of investigating high-level corruption cases within the Chinese regime, with its reporters taking significant risks to uncover these stories. The organization has received several awards for its investigative journalism.

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