T-Mobile users in the States have been affected by a hack on one of the largest credit agencies globally. T-Mobile phone records along with associated information submitted to Experian in conjunction with credit profiling has been breached. Experian extends it’s way in to many aspects of American lives. Daily purchases to loyalty cards to phone records and also bankruptcy and real estate liens. Asides from numerous applications it has a huge database engaged by advertising networks loading ads relevant to a user.
Experian confirmed on Thursday that those USA users affected were those that had applied for a credit check. Information from the relevant phone records breached includes addresses, names, passport and driving license details along with social security. Although the passport and license data was within encrypted fields Experian confirm the encryption may have also been compromised
The damage appears only to be restricted to T-Mobile users. The hacker has not been identified by T-Mobile but law enforcement are now dealing with the matter. The phone records that have been hacked affect customers who applied for handset finance and post paid services between 1st September 2015 through 16th September 2015. Ironically free credit monitoring is now being offered to those affected by Experian.
Experian had previously lobbied its support for the Cyber Security Information Sharing Act which is currently being mulled over by Senate which essentially broadens immunity in respect of sharing reams of information to The Dept. of homeland Security. The department then obliged to share the same information with the NSA. Experian states that Congress needs to enhance cyber security by greater information sharing.
This latest episode is the second mass breach attributed to Experian. A hack in 2014 on a subsidiary of Experian’s exposed 200 million U.S. residents social security numbers and brought about investigations by a number of states
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