This month hasn’t been so great for the AT&T mobility customers who might not be feeling so comfortable with their service providers at the moment. These customers started receiving emails which informed them that their data was vulnerable between the time period April 9th and 21st due to a possible data breach. No reasons have been mentioned clearly as to why such a thing happened and what exactly was the culprit but the mails only indicated towards a third party source “[that] violated security protocols and accessed customer data.”
We also haven’t gotten a clue as to what sort of data was compromised in this scenario but we are suspecting it was pretty much everything which a new user gives away while signing up as a subscriber which would include the customer’s names, addresses and social security numbers. The service provider hasn’t given away the exact number of customers who fell prey to this data breach but it might be a high number considering that AT&T has more than 100 million customers nationwide.
The filing was only made in California so we are guessing the number would be somewhere around 500 people. According to AT&T the reason why such a breach was carried out because someone wanted to unlock smartphones on AT&T’s network so they could be sold on the black market.
“We recently learned that three employees of one of our vendors accessed some AT&T customer accounts without proper authorization. This is completely counter to the way we require our vendors to conduct business. We know our customers count on us and those who support our business to act with integrity and trust, and we take that very seriously. We have taken steps to help prevent this from happening again, we are notifying affected customers, and we have reported this matter to law enforcement.”