17 million customer details stolen from T-mobiles Deutsche Telecom?

Oh dear, T-mobile’s Deutsche Telecom has warned a major data breach may end in a disclosure of personal details of some seventeen million T-Mobile customers; T-Mobile confirmed the compromised data includes name, addresses and phone numbers of customers.

Other details on politicians, celebrities, and business leaders were also reportedly included in the data snatch, but it is believed that no bank details or credit card information were included in the theft; this news only came to light when the story was offered to Der Spiegel magazine, and is said to have occurred back in 2006.

2006? The mobile world is not informed of this huge data theft until two years later?

Source — vnunet


One thought on “17 million customer details stolen from T-mobiles Deutsche Telecom?”

  1. John Franks says:

    These data breaches and thefts are due to a lagging business culture. As CIO, I’m always looking for ways to help my team, business teams, and ad hoc measures of various vendors, contractors and interal team members. A book that is required reading (specific chapters, depending on nature of projects and teams) is “I.T. Wars: Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium.” It has a great chapter regarding security (among others).

    We keep a few copies kicking around – it would be a bit much to expect outside agencies to purchase it on our say-so. But, particularly when entertaining bids for projects, we ask potential solutions partners to review relevant parts of the book, and it ensures that these agencies understand our values and practices.

    The author, David Scott, has an interview here that is a great exposure: http://businessforum.com/DScott_02.html

    The book came to us as a tip from one of our interns who attended a course at University of Wisconsin, where the book is in use; I like to pass along things that work, in the hope that good ideas continue to make their way to me. I hope you can make use of this info…