Security Breaches in the Telecommunication Industry

In recent times, the number of security breaches in the telecommunication industry has been keeping on increasing at a rapid pace. Just recently, the telecommunication company T-Mobile was affected by a massive security breach of its database, which ultimately impacted the personal account information of both employees and customers. As per the information, the attacker obtained unauthorized access to many T-Mobile employees’ email accounts, some of which had the personal account information of various customers and other employees. This is the second security breach that T-Mobile has experienced in the last six months. After the detailed analysis, the company believes that the attacker might have used this unauthorized access to steal the data on T-Mobile employees and customers.

In one of the news reports, T-mobile said that “Information accessed illegally may have included names and addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, rate plans and features, and billing information”. This unauthorized access by the hacker also led to the exposure of sensitive financial information, government identification numbers and social security numbers of some of the users. Talking in general about the security breaches in the overall Telecommunication industry, the Cyble Darkview Index Q3 2019 indicates the level of risk exposure of the different Australian business sectors among which the telecommunication sector ranks to be second in the context of the number of security breaches after the financial sector.

Since Jan 2020, Cyble researchers have uncovered over 13,000 unreported data breaches which have affected over 500 million accounts, which includes sensitive information such as PII, financial records and others. Along with that, it also keeps a record of databases indexed at — the largest data breach search and monitoring engine. Just recently Cyble identified and posted the alert about two of the security data breaches which include the leakage of sensitive information of Advanced Urgent Care medical centre based in the United States and the leakage of sensitive information which includes credentials of their network devices, servers and web logins of the Shape America organization.

Beenu Arora, CEO of Cyble, Inc. and a member of Forbes Technology Council commented — “We (Cyble) are seeing a surge in data breaches due to misconfigured or poorly secured databases. Organizations must consider the threat modelling approach to identify the key risks and threats to their applications and platform and should invest resources in locking them down, and test the implemented controls regularly to verify its effectiveness.”

About Cyble:

Cyble Inc.’s mission is to provide organizations with a real-time view of their supply chain cyber threats and risks. Their SaaS-based solution powered by machine learning and human analysis provides organizations’ insights to cyber threats introduced by suppliers and enables them to respond to them faster and more efficiently.

Cyble strives to be a reliable partner/facilitator to its clients allowing them with unprecedented security scoring of suppliers through cyber intelligence sourced from open and closed channels such as OSINT, the dark web and deep web monitoring and passive scanning of internet presence. Furthermore, the intelligence clubbed with machine learning capabilities fused with human analysis also allows clients to gain real-time cyber threat intel and help build better and stronger resilience to cyber breaches and hacks. Due to the nature of the collected data, the company also offer threat intelligence capabilities out-of-box to their subscribers.


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