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T-Mobile Responds to Hacking Case

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Jan 14, 2005, 12:44 AM   by (staff)

In October 2004, Nicholas Jacobsen was arrested for compromising T-Mobile's back-end computer systems. The breach occurred in October 2003, when the hacker gained to access names and Social Security numbers of 400 T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile immediately closed the hacker's entryway, and notified the Secret Service. No other subscriber data was compromised at the time, not even the victims credit card numbers, which are stored on a separate server. Once the Secret Service cleared T-Mobile to do so, each victim was notified in writing. T-Mobile and the Secret Service continued their investigation, during which it is possible the hacker who was charged gained access to one Secret Service member's mobile email as well as pictures and email from selected subscribers. T-Mobile continues to investigate this claim but has not reached any conclusions. However, break-ins occurring during this time frame were included in Jacobsen's indictment. T-Mobile has used the this investigation's efforts to continue to seal off opportunities for unauthorized access, ""We continue to monitor for any illegal attempts to access our systems, and to stay one step ahead of those who would try," said Bruce Brown, CIO, T-Mobile USA.

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SPCSVZWJeff

Jan 17, 2005, 2:18 PM

Good Job T-Mobile

Something like this could have happened to any carrier. T-Mobile was just the unlucky one.
But they are to be commended for their rapid response. This character broke the law and should be prosecuted.
SPCSVZWJeff said:
Something like this could have happened to any carrier. T-Mobile was just the unlucky one.
But they are to be commended for their rapid response. This character broke the law and should be prosecuted.
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gueido

Jan 17, 2005, 4:50 AM

I smell sh*t

Am I the only one here who thinks this story is _COMPLETE_ bs?

Its obvious that the "hacker" had access to TMo systems for a long time without their knowledge. He was offering to do reverse phone # lookups for X dollars; why would TMo allow him to do this for months??

Sound to me like Mr. CIO is trying to save his butt. Its been my experience that as soon as you realize your network has been compromised, you take all measures to plug the hole, NOT watch the "hackers" activity. You can track him later by looking at syslogs.

Nice try Tmo.
gueido said:
Am I the only one here who thinks this story is _COMPLETE_ bs?


Yes.
Zapata

Jan 17, 2005, 12:33 AM

What's the big deal?

I find it extremely hilarious that the hacker went through all this trouble to get such information...and he ONLY got the NAME and SSN. I have worked in the wireless industry for 3 years and this sort of information is floating around at work daily. All of the companies I have worked for allowed me to keep carbon copies of the original service agreement and carbon copies of credit card receipts. Luckily I'm an honest man and have no need for this information. If one were so inclined all they would have to do is go to any authorized wireless retailer and obtain the same carbon copies which contain names, address, driver license #s, home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, SSN, & DOB.
akaszuba

Jan 16, 2005, 2:33 AM

Pffffffft.

"We continue to monitor for any illegal attempts to access our systems, and to stay one step ahead of those who would try," said Bruce Brown, CIO, T-Mobile USA.


Umm... Obviously NOT! Laughing
rowanrook

Jan 14, 2005, 1:42 PM

secret service?

I wasn't aware the Secret Service used Tmobile. Does that mean the Prez has to stay within their coverage area? Poor little fella must be feeling claustrophobic! But seriously, even I a lowly civilian wouldn't count on keeping anything sensitive on a service provider's server. Soo... does this mean al-Quaeda has the launch codes now?
What it means is the Secret Service has Catherine Zeta Jones... Who is now Property of the US Government.
rowanrook said:
I wasn't aware the Secret Service used Tmobile. Does that mean the Prez has to stay within their coverage area? Poor little fella must be feeling claustrophobic! But seriously, even I a lowly civilian wouldn't count
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