T-Mobile is one of the fastest growing mobile networks in the United States. But, it is currently going through a bad phase and is facing lots of irks from its customers as reports have surfaced that as many as 15 million T-mobile customers personal details have been compromised due to a hacker attack.
The high profile personal data hack of the T Mobile subscribers was possible through the breach in the security of the credit checking company of the wireless carrier Experian. This company is one of the largest credit-checking companies in the world.
T-Mobile has not taken this incident lightly and has threatened to cancel the contract that it has with the Experian credit check company, after this hacking incident. Experian has admitted to the breach in the data and have said that the personal details of T Mobile users from September 1, 2013 to September 16, 2015 have been breached.
The customer details like name, date of birth, driver’s license numbers, Social Security number and addresses have been compromised due to this high profile corporate hacking incident. Experian has also clarified that the credit card details of the customers were intact and have not been breached. This hacking incident led to the drop in the shares of the credit checking company by about 4% on Friday and closed the day down by 3.8 percent.
The CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere, said that he was very angry with what has unfolded in the last week. The wireless carrier will be carrying out a thorough review of its relationship with Experian. The company is now working out explicitly to offer alternate data protection options, so that its customers’ personal details do not get hacked again.
The breaching incident is the most recent in the many such breaches that hackers have orchestrated on big companies that holds millions of personal details of the customers. Identity theft has become very popular among the hackers nowadays and they are not going for stealing credit card details now.
Experian has said that the company immediately swung into action once it found out the data breach. It has taken all steps to secure its server and promised that other T-mobile customers’ data are intact and safe.
The customers who might be affected by the data breach will be notified by Experian and they will be getting two years of free credit monitoring services from the company.