T-Mobile today released new information about credit card processing company Experian, whom seems to have had a serious security breach going as far back as September 2013.
John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, said that after an investigation, it was revealed that the information over 15 million T-Mobile customers was acquired by a third party between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015.
Some of the information compromised includes names, birthdays, and addresses. More heavily encrypted information was also stolen, such as social security numbers and ID numbers found on drivers licenses and passports.
While the hackers can do a lot with a social security number or ID number, there’s not much they can do with names, birthdays, and addresses alone. In most cases, hackers will try and call you and fish for more incriminating information by posing as a government agency and using the information they have for leverage. But again, having social security numbers is a completely different ball game.
That said, anyone can now sign up for two years worth of free credit monitoring and identity resolution through Experian. And if you’ve been with T-Mobile for the past two years and made any purchases via a credit card or went through a credit check, it’d be wise to sign up soon. And as per the norm, if you’re one of the 15 million affected, you should receive a written letter in the mail from Experian itself.