T-Mobile Was Hacked?!
Here we go again…
I’m sure you’ve heard the news about the latest data breach, and it’s possible that you’re becoming a bit numb to all this bad news. But if you are a T-Mobile user, you should be taking some steps right now because this is a big breach and it’s starting to look like it’s particularly noteworthy because of all the data elements that appear to have been stolen. Basically, here’s what you need to know:
The data that has been stolen may contain MANY unique pieces or your private information all linked together. For instance, your name, Social Security Number, Drivers License number etc. Most of these breaches have some of these unique private pieces of information, but this one looks like the records that were exposed basically had everything all in one batch of data. That’s really significant and gives the bad actors a LOT of information to work with as they set out to make your life miserable.
You should be changing your T-Mobile password and PIN number right now!
It sounds like they will be offering 2 years of identity theft protection, I’d recommend you take them up on that offer.
If the password you used to get into T-Mobile was used on any other sites anywhere, change it on those sites as well and NEVER re-use that password again.
I’ve reviewed what the Infragard / FBI has posted about this breach, and it sounds like we’re just in the early days of people being affected by this, but trust me, with this much of your private information, it wouldn’t be tough for someone to steal your identity.
We know that a process called SIM swapping, basically calling the phone provider and convincing them that your phone should now be transferred to the phone in my hand, is possible with this much information. If I can convince T-Mobile to send everything from your phone to mine, that means when your bank send a text to make sure it’s you, that text comes to me and I AM YOU!
I don’t want to over hype this, but this is a big, serious breach that is going to be a pain for a lot of people before it’s all said and done. If you are alert and aware of what’s happening right now, you can hopefully avoid being one of those people.
I’m happy to discuss this in more detail if you think you’re affected and you’re not really sure what to do first. But as I said, the very first thing you should do is change your T-Mobile information if you haven’t already been forced to by them.
Stay safe and be prepared!