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AT&T Suffers Major Data Breach, Resets Millions Of Passcodes

AT&T said a dataset containing sensitive information for approximately 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former customers was leaked onto the dark web,
 AT&T Suffers Major Data Breach, Resets Millions Of Passcodes

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AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, has been hit by a significant data breach that has exposed the personal information of millions of current and former customers. The company has notified affected individuals and taken steps to mitigate the impact of the breach.

According to AT&T, a dataset containing sensitive information for approximately 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former customers was leaked onto the dark web, likely originating from 2019 or earlier. The compromised data includes personal details such as names, Social Security numbers, email and mailing addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates.

In response to the breach, AT&T has reset the passcodes of all current account holders whose information was compromised. The company has also stated that it will be communicating directly with affected individuals to provide further guidance and support.

While the source of the security breach is currently unknown, AT&T has acknowledged that the data may have originated from either the company itself or one of its vendors. However, the company has assured customers that the compromised data does not appear to include financial information or call history details.

This incident marks another setback for AT&T, following a service outage in February that temporarily disrupted cellphone service for thousands of users across the United States. The company attributed the outage to a technical coding error rather than a malicious attack.

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Data breaches and cybersecurity incidents have become increasingly common in recent years, highlighting the need for organizations to prioritize the protection of sensitive customer data.

A data breach is any security incident in which unauthorized parties gain access to sensitive or confidential information, including personal data like bank account numbers or healthcare data, or corporate data like customer data records, intellectual property, and financial information.

AT&T’s swift response to the breach, including the reset of passcodes and direct communication with affected individuals, demonstrates the company’s commitment to addressing the issue and minimizing the potential impact on its customers. As the investigation into the breach continues, AT&T will likely face scrutiny regarding its data security practices and the measures it had in place to prevent such incidents.

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