T-Mobile data breach and SIM-swap scam: How to protect your identity

T-Mobile data breach and SIM-swap scam: How to protect your identity

Just when you think the massive T-Mobile hack can’t get any worse, on Friday the carrier announced that over 50 million people, including current and former customers as well as prepaid customers, were affected by the breach. Information like Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses and account PINs were exposed. Here are some steps you can take right now to protect your financial information.

Regardless whether you’re a T-Mobile user, the exposure of account PINs is a major danger. That’s the password that you’re asked to give to a T-Mobile employee before any changes can be made to your account. A scammer who knows your account password can call customer care and ask to have the SIM card linked to your phone number changed to a new SIM card and device, effectively taking over your phone number. If you’ve moved on from T-Mobile to another carrier and used the same passcode, you should change it immediately.

Sim swapping is not just an inconvenience. Once someone has taken over your phone number, they can use it to impersonate you or log into your online accounts. They can get instant access to any two-factor authentication codes you receive through text messages, the PIN that an institution texts you to verify your identity.

So if they also have your password or other personal information, they’re just a few clicks away from logging into your email, bank or social media accounts. And if someone gains access to your email account, they can change other passwords and search through your email archive to build a list of your entire online presence. Take the time to move away from SMS 2FA codes and use app-based codes instead. Seriously…Read more>>



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