UPDATE: Shortly after we published our original story below, T-Mobile’s media department has reached out to share a very encouraging number highlighting the relatively small scale (in the large scheme) of this recently revealed security breach.
It is not nothing, remember, considering that the customer base recently jumped over the 1
Compared to so many other companies and businesses, not to mention most ordinary people, T-Mobile has had a pretty solid year, overcoming many legal, logistical and technological barriers in 2020 to close an important merger, surpass AT & T’s subscriber numbers, and expand its industry-leading 5G network at an objectively insane pace.
Your most sensitive and precious information is (probably) secure
Instead, everything that a named group of hackers was able to obtain is “customer-specific network information (CPNI) as defined by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.” This may include telephone numbers, as well as the number of lines associated with certain accounts, and in “some cases”, call-related information collected “as part of the normal operation of your wireless service.”
All that said, keep in mind that those who have not received a security alert text from T-Mo in the last 24 hours were probably never affected by the data breach in the first place, which is said to have gone down at some point last month.