Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm
on August 19, 2021 in Data Breach Updated on February 24, 2022
NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from T-Mobile, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.
On August 18, 2021, T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) announced a data breach that exposed private information belonging to over 40 million current, former and prospective T-Mobile customers. Hackers gained access to information that T-Mobile collected from people as part of a credit check. It is possible that your information was compromised if you applied for T-Mobile service – even if you don’t currently have, or ended up not obtaining, service from T-Mobile.
T-Mobile is offering two years of free identity protection services. The best way to protect yourself after a data breach is to sign up for identity protection services as soon as possible.
In response to the incident, T-Mobile began an investigation into the leak, which is still ongoing. T-Mobile learned of this data breach when they received a tip that someone was selling private information on an online forum. T-Mobile was able to confirm that the data came from their servers.
WHAT INFORMATION IS INVOLVED?
According to T-Mobile, the following information was affected:
Social Security Number
First and last names
Dates of birth
Driver’s license numbers
Other personal identifiers (military IDs, passport numbers)
Prepaid customer data including: account PINs, first and last names, phone numbers
This information is called your Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). It tells others about you and is considered part of your identity. Businesses are required to secure this information or risk facing statutory penalties, among other legal penalties. Stolen PII can be used by identity thieves to engage in fraudulent activity using your identity.
T-Mobile is a telecommunications company that most notably offers cellphone service in the United States. It is owned by German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG and has a global presence. At this time, this data breach appears to have impacted people in the United States only.
NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from T-Mobile, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation request form here.
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