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    AT&T Customer Data For Sale
    Edited by Phil-101 on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:07:39 AM

    Why is AT&T allowing our personal information to be sold on the black market?!

     

    This is ONE example website that is selling it:  

     

    [removed questionable site link - available internally]

     

    Anyone can sign up, buy some credits and order the information which would allow someone complete access to an AT&T account.

     

    Here is the example they provided in a spam email I was sent:

     

    Example:

    IMEI: 0139830011XXXX

    Phone number: 817504XXX

    Full name of account holder: VIKXXX DOMAKXXXX

    Last 4-digit of SSN number: 03XX

    Billing Zip Code: 76XXX

     

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    Jun 25, 2014 10:06:12 AM
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    I wouldn't say that AT&T is "allowing" the information to be sold, any more than banks are "allowing" credit card numbers to be sold on the black market.  There's a reason that these activities are referred to as illegal: they are being done without permission.

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    Jun 25, 2014 10:26:26 AM
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    You're not even close.

    Hacking computer information systems is pretty much beyond the control of system administrators.

    The sale of data kept on AT&T systems is the fault of none other than AT&T itself and can be easily stopped. All AT&T needs to do is set up a fake account on their network and pay the illegal source to retrieve that info, while monitoring who accesses the account.

    It's literally 10 minutes of work at virtually no cost.

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    Edited by lori11343 on Jul 11, 2014 at 2:26:28 PM

    OH MY GOSH!! That is how that happened to me!! I thought I had a virus and account got hacked.

     


    Thank you so much for the information-

     

    I wonder why the link was deleted- can you resend it

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    I am sorry but I had such a bad experience with AT&T that I lost all trust, thay seem to have lost touch and interest for their customers. Sorry, it is sad,m that is how they reward loyalty: selling you more services!! charging you more!! ...and who knows how much they invest in protecting your data...

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    ...oH! wait a second, sure they may want to charge you more to protect your data! another 10 bucks a month or so... why not?

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