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AT&T notifies users of data breach and resets millions of passwords

IN&T said it has begun notifying millions of customers about the theft of personal data recently discovered online.

The telecommunications giant said Saturday that a data set found on the “dark web” contains information such as the Social Security numbers of about 7.6 million current ATs.&T account holders and 65.4 million former account holders.

The company said it has already reset passwords for current users and will contact account holders whose sensitive personal information was compromised.

It is not known if the data “came from AT&T or one of its suppliers,” the company said in a statement. The compromised data is from 2019 or earlier and does not appear to include financial information or call history, it said. In addition to access codes and Social Security numbers, it may include addresses email and postal mail, telephone numbers and dates of birth.

While the data appeared on a hacking forum almost two weeks ago, it closely resembles a similar data breach that surfaced in 2021 but that AT&T never acknowledged it, said cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt.

“If they evaluate this and make the wrong decision, and years have passed without them being able to notify affected customers,” then the company will likely soon face class-action lawsuits, founder Hunt said. from an Australian-based website to warn people when their personal information has been exposed.

A TThe &T spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

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