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[ISN] AT&T thwarts hacking attempt on mobile accounts
By Elinor Mills
November 21, 2011
AT&T said today that it successfully thwarted what appeared to be an
attempt by someone to steal mobile customer data.
"We recently detected what could have been an organized attempt to
obtain information on a number of customer accounts," AT&T spokesman
Mark Siegel said in a statement. "The people in question appear to have
used autoscript technology to determine whether AT&T telephone numbers
were linked to online AT&T accounts."
No accounts were breached, he said, adding that less than 1 percent of
AT&T's 100 million wireless accounts total were affected, or 1 million
"Our investigation is ongoing to determine the source or intent of the
attempt to gather this information," Siegel said. "In the meantime, out
of an abundance of caution, we are advising the account holders
The company sent an e-mail to the accounts that were affected.
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