Mobile experiences large breach, customer data compromised

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A spokesperson for the telecoms firm said the incident occurred after hackers compromised its servers through an API, an application programming interface as a set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications.

About 3 percent of T-Mobile's 77 million customers were affected, the company said in a statement to The Washington Post. The incident happened early in the morning on 20 August when hackers from "an global group" accessed company servers through an API.

The T-Mobile breach was nowhere near the scale of these other big hacks, but some experts say we should get used to companies of all kinds getting attacked.

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The company also affirmed that it has security measures in place to protect customer information from unauthorized access, though they provided no specifics on the details of those safeguards.

T-Mobile had an unauthorized data breach back on the 20th of August where hackers managed to access information from customers of the UnCarrier.

A recent T-Mobile data breach compromised personal data of some of its customers, both pre- and postpaid.

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T-Mobile's swift reaction may have been why the hackers only managed to steal about 2 million customers' records.

The company said it "truly regrets that this incident occurred" and apologised for any inconvenience to customers. Regardless, personal information such as names, zip codes for billing addresses, contact information, and account number may have been visible, which is still cause for concern.

The company announced on Thursday that it had suffered the breach, potentially affecting millions of customers, and had reported it to authorities.

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