Up for sale in the hacker underground?


Cell phone carrier T-Mobile appears to have been seriously hacked.

“We have everything, their databases, confidential documents, scripts and programs from their servers, financial documents up to 2009,” a group calling itself “pwnmobile” wrote in an e-mail Saturday to various tech and security Web sites.

“We already contacted with their competitors and they didn’t show interest in buying their data — probably because the mails got to the wrong people — so now we are offering them for the highest bidder,” the e-mail continues.

The message then displays a long list of various servers, including names, operating systems and IP addresses, but doesn’t include any pilfered data.

T-Mobile is neither confirming nor denying if a security breach has occurred.

“The protection of our customers’ information, and the safety and security of our systems, is absolutely paramount at T-Mobile,” a company spokesman told the British tech blog The Register and Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs‘ Security Fix blog. “Regarding the recent claim, we are fully investigating the matter. As is our standard practice, if there is any evidence that customer information has been compromised, we would inform those affected as soon as possible.”

Krebs pointed out that a list of servers does not make a hack, and advised readers to take the allegation “with a grain of salt until more evidence of a compromise surfaces.”

Just what is going on at T-Mobile?  This isn’t the first time that their databases have been hacked.

In 2003, a hacker used a known but unpatched hole in T-Mobile’s Web site software to gain nearly full access to the company’s entire customer database.

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About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

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