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AT&T Attack Reveals 73 Million Customer Records Exposed On The Dark Web

AT&T, the largest telecommunications entity in the United States, recently revealed that a dataset containing details of approximately 73 million of its account holders from 2019 or earlier was found for sale on the dark web. This dataset includes sensitive information such as passcodes, Social Security numbers, as well as email and mailing addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates.

In response to this security incident, AT&T has reached out to all affected customers to inform them of the breach and has recommended that they reset their passcodes. The company has also warned customers to be vigilant about emails that prompt password changes and to confirm their authenticity with AT&T directly before taking any action. There is an increased risk of cybercriminals exploiting this situation by sending out phishing emails containing malicious links.

The origin of the breach is currently under investigation; AT&T is exploring whether it stemmed from within the company or from an external vendor. Specialists in computer forensics might be engaged to help pinpoint the exact cause.

AT&T now faces the challenging task of eradicating any malware that may be present in its customer account system, while ensuring there is no disruption to service for customers who were not affected by the breach. The company anticipates significant expenses related to the investigation, remediation, potential legal actions, and associated legal costs.

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