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T-Mobile USA investigating network hack claims

Wireless operator T-Mobile USA is investigating claims that a hacker or hackers has gained access to the company's network, including customer data, call logs, user info and confidential databases.

James Middleton

June 8, 2009

1 Min Read
T-Mobile USA investigating network hack claims
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Wireless operator T-Mobile USA is investigating claims that a hacker or hackers has gained access to the company’s network, including customer data, call logs, user info and confidential databases.

A posting was made to the Full Disclosure security mailing list over the weekend in which the author claimed to have had access to T-Mobile USA’s network for “some time”.

“We have everything, their databases, confidental [sic] documents, scripts and programs from their servers, financial documents up to 2009,” the hackers said.

In the posting, the hackers, who did not identify themselves by any means other than a disposable email address, claimed to have contacted T-Mobile’s competitors with a view to selling the data. However, no one showed an interest, so the hackers are now offering the info to the highest bidder.

By way of proof, the hackers copied and pasted an extract from a database which appears to show information on various HP Unix, SunOS, and AIX boxes running a variety of applications on the T-Mobile network. However, it’s still debatable whether the claimed incident is real or not.

T-Mobile would not given any specific comment on the claims other than to say that it is investigating the matter and if it finds any evidence that customer information has been compromised, it will inform those affected as soon as possible.

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