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T-Mobile US Says Customer Data Remains Safe After Breach Report

Responding to reports claiming the network of the company was hacked or breached, T-Mobile on Tuesday notified that though the data posted to a security email list over the weekend was genuine, but its network didn’t undergo any security breach as claimed by the poster.

The mobile operator announced that it is probing into the claims surfaced over the weekend that its network has been hacked but the initial findings indicated that the data shown on security forum Full Disclosure actually came from a stolen document instead of from security breach of its servers.

Furthermore, settling rising concerns of its customers over any potential data theft, the company claimed that the incident wouldn’t harm the customers anyway.

Quoting the same, the company said, “Regarding the recent claim on a Web site, we've identified the document from which information was copied, and believe possession of this alone is not enough to cause harm to our customers”.

It further went on to say that although it wouldn’t disclose any further details of the investigation, but if the incident in anyway found to be affecting any of its customers, it would immediately inform them.

Earlier over the weekend, a post from a hacker to the Full Disclosure email list saying, “We have everything, their databases, confidential documents, scripts and programs from their servers, financial documents up to 2009”, has triggered concerns among the subscribers of T-Mobile that eventually made the network operator to investigate the matter closely.

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Our Comments

The truth may be somewhere around. It is very likely that T-Mobile is keeping a low profile to prevent hackers from just releasing the data in the wild. T-Mobile has already said that the information that was copied would not harm the customers anyway but failed to say exactly what data was released.

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