Thursday, 9 April 2015

AT&T ordered to pay a $25 million fine after its customer service reps stole 300,000 Social Security numbers

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The Federal Communications Commission has fined AT&T $25 million over a privacy breach at the company’s call centers, reports The New York Times. About 300,000 of the carrier’s customers had their names and Social Security numbers stolen and sold to third parties by employees in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines. FCC officials said the parties who bought the data may have been attempting to activate stolen cellphones that they wanted to sell. AT&T customers’ personal information was used to submit more than 290,000 handset unlock requests through its site. AT&T says it has “no reason to believe that the information…

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