T-Mobile has just announced that it has been hacked, with up to 15 million people affected. The hack hit Experian, which T-Mobile uses to process its credit applications.
The names, addresses, birth dates and social security numbers of 15 million customers were hacked, with the encrypted data including social security numbers and drivers license numbers. Experian says that the encryption protecting those precious bits and bytes of data was also compromised.
The hack took place between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015 - which means that anyone who had a credit check for a new line of service or a new smartphone could be affected. T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said that he's "incredibly angry" about the attack, and that the company would be going through a "thorough review" of their relationship with Experian. Legere reiterated that its payment systems and network were not attacked, with the blame placed on Experian.
T-Mobile and Experian will now be offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services for the next two years, which is a decent consolation prize.