Starting National Cyber Security Awareness Month Off with a Bang, er, Breach: T-Mobile’s Experian Data Breach

Looking back on October, aka. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the month was kicked off with the large T-Mobile consumer data breach via Decisioning Solutions (a company acquired by Experian in April 2013). The data breach exposed about 15 million consumers’ PII, and I think it goes without saying that T-Mobile’s CEO was less than pleased. Now is the time of year to check, double check and triple check your security infrastructure as data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent, and the scope of damage is increasing. Better safe than sorry, or in this case- better safe than breached, right?

A hacker has acquired the records of 15 million T-Mobile customers and people who had applied for credit, the company reported Thursday.

The breach, which affected two years worth of records,occurred at Experian, the vendor that processes T-Mobile’s credit applications, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a post on the site.

Experian North America said in a notice that one of its business units was compromised, but that its consumer credit bureau was not affected.

Experian has notified both U.S. and international law enforcement. Experian North America’s parent company, Experian is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

“The investigation is ongoing, but what we know right now is that the hacker acquired the records of approximately 15 million people, including new applicants requiring a credit check for service or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015,” Legere wrote.

“The data set was for applicants and customers of T-Mobile who applied for service over that two year period,” said Experian spokeswoman Susan Henson.

You can read the full article here: Experian breach may have exposed 15 million T-Mobile records

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