Personal Info Stolen From 15M T-Mobile Customers
Hack apparently did not affect payment card or banking info
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 1, 2015 5:28 PM CDT
In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man uses a cellphone as he passes a T-Mobile store in New York.   (Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Hackers have stolen personal information belonging to about 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, birthdates, and other personal information. The hackers got the information from credit reporting agency Experian, which T-Mobile uses to check the credit of its customers. Experian said T-Mobile customers who applied for wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their information stolen. Experian said it immediately notified law enforcement authorities after discovering the hack and that "there is no evidence to-date that the data has been used inappropriately." The companies said that payment card and banking information was not affected.

T-Mobile customers can sign up for two free years of credit monitoring services via a service owned by Experian at this link. The company said that affected customers should "remain vigilant" against identity theft and watch for phishing email scams that ask for sensitive information such as bank account and Social Security numbers. "I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian," said T-Mobile US Inc. CEO John Legere in a statement.