Here’s why you can’t ignore T-Mobile’s data breach

On August 17, 2021, T-Mobile learned that a bad actor illegally accessed personal data and stole data on 50 million customers. For perspective, 50 million is nearly 15% of the US population.

Beyond the sheer scale, this breach is significant for many reasons particularly for the reminders it holds.

First, don’t be “lax” about security.

The 21-year-old hacker taking responsibility for this breach said T-Mobile was lax with security. His way in was an unprotected router exposed on the internet which he found with a simple scanning tool available to the public.

 

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