A hacking gang claims to have access to a database containing private information on about 70 million AT&T customers, but AT&T asserts its systems have not been hacked.
Last year, a hacker organisation known as ShinyHunters was engaged in a number of high-profile instances, including ones involving Microsoft, Mashable, Minted, Tokopedia, and others.
According to RestorePrivacy, a website dedicated to raising awareness about privacy and security issues, the threat actor has placed the AT&T database on underground forums, asking for as much as $1 million for the whole set or $200,000 for access.
Names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and email addresses are among the data in the set, according to RestorePrivacy.
The hackers told RestorePrivacy that the information belongs to AT&T subscribers in the United States, but they didn’t say how they got it.
ShinyHunters, which claims to have three encrypted strings of data, one of which is most likely the user PIN, also stated that for a charge, they will work with AT&T to remove the material from the dark web.
The information that surfaced in an internet chat room does not appear to have come from our systems, according to the company’s inquiry on Thursday.
The news comes after T-Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, disclosed that it had been hit by a data breach that affected around 54 million of its customers. Some of the information has already surfaced on the Dark Web, and the wireless carrier has been sued as a result.