Wednesday, August 18, 2021

T-Mobile Ordered To Prove It Didn't Lie To State Utility Commission

By Martha DeGrasse, Inside Towers Contributing Analyst

Friday the 13th was a very bad day for T-Mobile this year. First the California Public Utilities Commission ordered the company to show up at a virtual hearing to discuss allegations it lied to the agency to get approval for its merger with Sprint. While the company was digesting this news, an unrelated crisis was unfolding as hackers were apparently preparing to steal the names and Social Security numbers of T-Mobile customers, along with the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers for their smartphones. News of the data breach started to surface on Twitter by the earliest hours of August 15. By Monday evening, T-Mobile had confirmed the breach, but said it did not know for sure if customer data was involved.

T-Mobile’s tailspin has so far been fairly controlled. The stock price slid less than 2 percent, and social media hasn’t been flooded with frantic posts from T-Mobile customers experiencing identity theft. This is not the first time T-Mobile has been hacked, and customers don’t seem to have penalized the company yet. But if reports that millions of their identities are now for sale prove accurate, this time could be different. Continue Reading

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