back to article Staffer emails compromised and customer details exposed in T-Mobile US's third security whoopsie in as many years

T-Mobile US was hacked by miscreants who may have stolen some customer information. The telco did not specify exactly when the intrusion took place (and has yet to respond to questions from The Register) in its Notice Of Data Breach. The hackers gained access to employee email accounts, which contained customer account …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This ain't no breach

    This is just Tmobile giving an excuse for when we find out that our data, that they sold, ended up in the hands of the even less honest actors of the internets.

  2. Cave-Homme

    Until these companies are held liable, and fined sufficiently, this will carry on.

    1. GnuTzu
      Thumb Up

      ...as an annual event.

      Actually, I'd at least like to see some special liability laws. You know how corporations hate regulations. So, let's just make it really easy to sue them into the grave.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sprint

    So Sprint customers: be advised, this is your future now :(.

    1. stiine Silver badge

      Re: Sprint

      Thanks for the heads up...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'll never need to pay for credit monitoring, ever. Every year there is one breach where I get at least 1 year free.

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