Mint Mobile the latest victim of security breach

Should we hire Deadpool to get the data back?

MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

I’m very apprehensive when it comes to products that are backed by celebrities. Even if they are the nicest people on the planet, I still approach with trepidation. I recently got burned by Jack Black, Jordan Peele, Seth Meyers, and Tyler James Williams. So, you’ll forgive me when even Ryan Reynolds can’t sell me on Mint Mobile.

That’s neither here nor there, though. Mint Mobile is in the news because it was the latest company to have data stolen from them. They have notified customers over the weekend that their information may have been included in the breach. This information may include:

  • names
  • phone numbers
  • email addresses
  • plan descriptions
  • SIM numbers
  • IMEI numbers

The last two bits of information could be used for what is called a SIM swap attack.

Initially, users on Reddit believed the email to be a scam until Mint Mobile responded confirming the validity of the email.

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MInt Mobile has stated that the hackers did not obtain credit card information or passwords. It has also reported that the breach has been fixed and that customers don’t need to take any further action.

All I can say is be careful out there, anyway. With SIM and IMEI information out there, there is still a small threat that it could be used against you, but I imagine it may be small.

Hopefully, I’m right.

Source: Engadget

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By MajorLinux Editor-in-chief
Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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