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US Telecoms Giant AT&T Notifies Millions of Customers Over Data Breach

US Telecoms Giant AT&T Notifies Millions of Customers Over Data Breach

A seismic tremor has reverberated through the telecommunications industry as AT&T, one of the largest providers of mobile and internet services in the United States, grapples with a massive data breach.

The breach, discovered on the "dark web," has exposed personal information belonging to 73 million current and former AT&T customers.

The compromised dataset includes a trove of sensitive details: addresses, social security numbers, and passcodes.

While AT&T has not confirmed the origin of the breach, it has taken swift action to reset customers' passcodes and mitigate further damage.

The company emphasizes that the leaked data dates back to 2019 or earlier and does not appear to include financial information or call history.

The Numbers:- 7.6 million current AT&T account holders- 65.4 million former account holders

"We urge our customers to remain vigilant by monitoring account activity and credit reports,"

AT&T stated in a press release. The company has enlisted cybersecurity experts to investigate the breach, but the source remains elusive.

Was it an internal leak or a third-party supplier? AT&T has yet to ascertain the answer.

​This breach adds to AT&T's woes in 2024. Just last February, a technical coding error triggered a widespread outage, leaving thousands of phone users without service for nearly 12 hours.

The company swiftly apologized and offered affected users a $5 credit.

Now, the stakes are higher, and the fallout more severe.

As AT&T grapples with the fallout, one question lingers: Can the company regain the trust of its millions of customers? The dark web's shadows hold secrets, and AT&T must navigate them carefully to emerge unscathed.