AT&T Confirms Data Breach of 73 Million Customer Records Connected to Dark Web


AT&T Acknowledges Data Breach Affecting 73 Million Customers

AT&T Confirms Data Breach Affecting 73 Million Customers

AT&T has confirmed the authenticity of a dataset containing the details of 73 million current and former customers after a hacker advertised it on a dark web marketplace. The telecommunications giant revealed that the dataset includes information dating back to 2019 or earlier, impacting approximately 7.6 million current AT&T account holders and about 65.4 million past customers.

The concern arises from AT&T’s initial denial of a data breach in 2021 before admitting it. Zendata CEO, Narayana Pappu, emphasized the importance of implementing remediation measures and updating user information to address the potential risks associated with the exposed data.

While AT&T has verified that specific data fields from the dataset align with its records, the company is uncertain whether the information originated from AT&T or one of its vendors. An investigation has been launched to determine the source of personal information, such as social security numbers.

AT&T has not found evidence of unauthorized access to its systems resulting in the removal of the dataset. The company is proactively engaging with affected individuals and offering credit monitoring services where necessary. Current and former customers are advised to visit the official AT&T website for more information and take proactive cybersecurity measures.

The incident comes on the heels of American Express warning users about credit card data exposure in a third-party breach. Despite the severity of the situation, AT&T assures that its day-to-day operations have not been significantly impacted. As cybersecurity experts urge individuals to enhance their personal security measures, the aftermath of the data breach continues to unfold.

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