Jun 7th, 2009

T-Mobile’s website has been on and off today – probably no coincidence considering hackers have alledgedly broken into the T-Mo system, stealing everything you can imagine including:

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  • Subscriber data
  • Databases
  • Confidential SIC documents
  • Scripts and programs from their servers
  • Financial documents up to 2009
  • Much more

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the brazen bad boys have attempted to sell the data to T-Mobile’s competitors! They’ve been turned down, and for obvious reasons, but the hackers are now trying to auction off the data to the highest bidder.

Sure, they were smart enough to get all the goods, but they had better pray they were able to cover their tracks. Because if they weren’t, to quote the movie Half Baked (Update 1: It is from “Office Space”) , they’re going straight to “Federal Pound-Me-In-The-A$$ Prison”. Then again what are the chances they’re from the US? Oh well.

Something similar happened in 2005 and the perpetrator WAS caught:

T-Mobile was the target of a masssive 2005 hack, in which Nicholas Jacobsen was charged with unauthorized network access by the U.S. Secret Service. According to published reports, Jacobsen had access to all the information about T-Mobile’s 16 million U.S. subscribers.

Although the hackers this time around provided code proving they broke in, T-Mobile has yet to make an official statement or acknowledge the data breach.

UPDATE 2:
T-Mobile’s PR firm has contacted me with an official statement on behalf of the company:

“The protection of our customers’ information, and the safety and security of our systems, is absolutely paramount at T-Mobile. Regarding the recent claim, we are fully investigating the matter. As is our standard practice, if there is any evidence that customer information has been compromised, we would inform those affected as soon as possible.”

[ChannelInsider via Engadget]

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