Mobile is notifying some customers about a recent security breach

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Data breaches involving cellular providers can be especially risky, according to Dan Guido, CEO of the security firm Trail of Bits, if they make it easier for a criminal to take control of a consumer's phone number by porting it to a new phone.

The breach was spotted on 20 August by the firm's cyber-security team, it said, and was plugged the same day.

T-Mobile on Thursday disclosed a breach that exposed the personal data of about two million customers, according to a report.

T-Mobile said it has notified all affected customers, or will do so shortly.

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Data potentially compromised before the shutdown included subscribers' names, billing zip codes, phone numbers, email addresses, account numbers and account types (e.g. pre-paid or billed).

Around 3 percent of T-mobile's 77 million customers - more than 2 million people - may have been affected, a company spokesperson told Motherboard. Affecting customers in the USA, the hack is not the first time T-Mobile customers have been put at risk; a couple of years ago company data was leaked via Experian.

Attackers having your address and account numbers may not sound like a big deal, but information like this is useful for social engineering attacks, where a scammer will call customer service pretending to be you.

If you're among the customers whose personal data were compromised in this breach, even though the carrier claims no passwords were impacted, it's still a good idea to change yours. You can also request a call back or schedule a time for your Team of Experts to call you through both the T-Mobile App and MyT-Mobile.com. "We truly regret that this incident occurred and are so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused".

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