AT&T data breach: dark web exposure

Personal data from 73 million existing or ex-AT&T customers has been leaked online.
Personal data from 73 million existing or ex-AT&T customers has been leaked online.

Personal data from 73 million existing or ex-AT&T customers has been leaked online.

AT&T, the US telecoms giant, disclosed a data breach involving sensitive customer information, including addresses, social security numbers, and passcodes. The compromised data, potentially linked to 7.6 million customers and 65.4 former account holders, surfaced on the dark web.

Investigation and Response

While AT&T has not found evidence of data theft, it has initiated a comprehensive investigation with cybersecurity experts. 

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As a precautionary measure, the company has reset customers’ passcodes and advised them to monitor account activity and credit reports for any suspicious behavior.

Scope of the Breach

The leaked data, believed to originate from 2019 or earlier, contains full names, email addresses, and dates of birth. Notably, financial information has not been implicated in the breach. AT&T clarified that it’s uncertain whether the breach stemmed from its internal systems or a third-party supplier.

AT&T’s Reach and Responsibility

With a wireless 5G network serving around 290 million people in the US, AT&T is a prominent provider of mobile and internet services. 

The company’s commitment to customer data security is underscored by its swift response to the breach and ongoing efforts to safeguard customer information.

Recent Challenges and Accountability

This data breach follows a major outage in February that affected tens of thousands of phone users. 

AT&T faced scrutiny and launched an investigation into the outage, which disrupted phone services for approximately 12 hours. The company apologized for the inconvenience and offered affected users a $5 credit as restitution.

Moving Forward

As AT&T continues to investigate the source and extent of the data breach, it remains focused on enhancing security measures to protect customer data and uphold its commitment to trust and transparency. Customers are encouraged to remain vigilant and proactive in monitoring their accounts for any unusual activity.

Gary Monroe

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