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AT&T, American telecommunications company acknowledges 2019 data leak and subsequently resets account passcodes of customers

AT&T, an American multinational telecommunications, media, and technology services provider has now acknowledged a 2019 data leak. According to the latest developments, AT&T has taken the move to reset their customer account passcodes. This is the first time that AT&T has affirmed that the leaked data belongs to their customers.

According to reports, customer records of about 70 million current and former AT&T customers were part of the leak. Customer names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and social security numbers were part of the leaked data.

Reports assert that the leaked information also included passcodes of the customers. Authority thinks that even though the leaked data exists in “an encrypted format”, the passcodes are still easy to decipher.

The AT&T passcodes are four-digit numbers that provide an additional layer of security while accessing a customer’s account.

AT&T has confirmed to media outlets that the leaked data includes information about 7.6 million current AT&T users and 65.4 million former account holders.

The company has further asserted that there’s no evidence of unauthorized access to its systems which might have led to the data breach.

According to reports, AT&T has launched an investigation for the same with the support of internal and external cybersecurity experts. The company further stated that their analysis reports that the leaked data set is from 2019 or earlier.

The company has further launched a new webpage where it has confirmed the data leak. They have provided measures for how customers can keep their accounts secure on the webpage. Check out the webpage here.

Source 9to5 Mac



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