The Easter weekend brought some bad news for 73 million current and former AT&T customers. The carrier confirmed a massive data breach impacting “7.6 million current AT&T account holders and 65.4 million former account holders.” AT&T reset the password of its existing subscribers, and started notifying all those impacted by the hack. 

This isn’t an April Fool joke. If you’re getting notifications from AT&T, or see news online mentioning the event, it’s because it’s very real. 

Reports some three years ago claimed that over 70 million AT&T accounts were breached, with some of that customer data selling on the dark web. The carrier denied that the customer information came from its servers at the time. 

More recently, data from the more than 70 million accounts made its way online again. It might include AT&T customer names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. Additionally, each customer’s AT&T account password is part of the hack. These are 4-digit PINs that customers might use to protect their AT&T accounts. 


According to TechCrunch, those PINs are incredibly easy to hack even if they’re encrypted. A security researcher was able to do it, with TechCrunch notifying AT&T. 

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