AT&T Massive Data Breach – 73 Million Current And Former Account Holders Leaked On The Dark Web

According to the latest reports, it seems that AT&T has suffered a massive data breach. More than 70 million current and former customers’ data has been leaked on the dark web.

AT&T massive data breach

AT&T is investigating a data breach that leaked the personal information of over 70 million customers on the dark web.

According to the information available on the company’s website, a breach has impacted 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former account holders.

AT&T has released a statement mentioning that the incident occurred approximately two weeks ago, and so far, it has not caused any significant impact on their operations.

AT&T has reported that the data compromised in the breach contained a range of personal information that varied from individual to individual.

This information could include social security numbers, full names, email and mailing addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. It has also been revealed the fact that some AT&T account numbers and passcodes may have been included in the data breach.

The company has so far not identified the source of the leak, at least publicly.

“Based on our preliminary analysis, the data set appears to be from 2019 or earlier,” the company said.

They reportedly continued and revealed the following:

“Currently, AT&T does not have evidence of unauthorized access to its systems resulting in theft of the data set.”

On X, someone stated the following:

“No US business takes cybersecurity seriously because it costs money and requires effort. For companies like
@ATT, it’s far cheaper to pay for credit monitoring than to pay for proactive security. Besides, no one will get fired, lose their bonuses, or get arrested. They won’t lose customers, and their share price won’t take a hit. There’s no downside for companies. “Here’s your credit monitoring for a year, we wash our hands of it.”

On its website, the telecommunications company stated the following:

“Consumers impacted should prioritize changing passwords, monitor other accounts and consider freezing their credit with the three credit bureaus since social security numbers were exposed,” Carmen Balber, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, told NPR.

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