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AT&T agrees to pay $25M after data breach exposes 280,000 US customers

AT&T will pay $25 million after data breach leaves 280,000 US customers at risk
By: Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 8:30 pm

AT&T has agreed to pay a $25 million civil penalty to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to data breaches that left 280,000 US customers at risk.




Employees at AT&T call centers in the Philippines, Mexico and Colombia accessed information without proper authorization - and some employees accessed data so they could pass along customer names, Social Security numbers and other data to third-parties.


"As the nation's expert agency on communications networks, the Commission cannot- and will not- stand idly by when a carrier's lax data security practices expose the personal information of hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable Americans to identity theft and fraud," said Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC.


AT&T will improve security practices, inform customers who could be affected, and pay for adequate credit monitoring services.


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