T-Mobile facing at least 3 lawsuits from recent hack

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We’ve got the latest scoop on the T-Mobile hacking incident from a few weeks ago. As it turns out, T-Mobile will be facing a series of class action lawsuits filed by at least three customers. The customers accused the company of negligence after their personal data were exposed by hackers. 

The three lawsuits have been filed in a district court, each demanding jury trials. Out of the three lawsuits, two accused T-Mobile of violating the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act, which hinders companies from engaging in “unfair or deceptive” activities. And this apparently included their failure to maintain sufficient security measures to keep their customers’ information safe and secure.

One of the filings showed an FTC-provided guideline that advised businesses to not maintain personally identifiable information that was “longer than is needed for authorisation of a transaction.”

In addition to this, one of the class action lawsuits accuse T-Mobile of violating the California Consumer Privacy Act. This act assigns a specific penalty to a company who allows unauthorised access to the data of their customers. The penalty is set between $100 and $750 per consumer/incident, or actual damages, whichever is greater. 

The recent cybersecurity incident allowed hackers to access the names, social security numbers, driver license numbers, and birth dates of around 48 million customers in total. Out of that number, 40 million previously applied for credit and may fall under the coverage of the FTC law.

After the hack was revealed, T-Mobile announced that it was fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation of law enforcement agencies. Since then, a 21-year-old hacker, named John Binns, has claimed responsibility for the incident. T-Mobile has not confirmed this yet. 

 

Source: Mobile World Live

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  • rbfrost

    Good, sadly that’s all corporations understand, money. They could have spent a few million or low tens of millions after all the breaches but they are too cheap, even now nothing but window dressing with consultants. I hope they get pummeled, decimated in courts, only then if they get hit really hard will they learn anything. It would then make good business sense then to spend money on security if they get hit hard with fines…., sad.

  • Bodycount

    What’s going to happen is this will turn into a class action lawsuit. Tmobile will be ordered to pay 50 million. The lawyers will get 1/3 of it. Everyone else will get a check for $1.23 or two more years of credit monitoring.

    • BrianC

      Yup!

    • Bklynman

      Wrong!! Since there is 3 lawsuit going, we will get $1.25 each plus 3 yrs of credit monitoring!

      • Bodycount

        I’m sure the judge will order all three lawsuits to be combined into one class action suit. That’s how it is always done. Save taxpayer money that way.

  • Shaun Michalak

    I agree that something needs to be done.. But some of these reasons are just a joke.. “engaging in unfair and deceptive policies??”.. They were hacked, not blackmailing people.. Oh, they deceived someone by leading them to believe that their info was 100% safe?? well, every other company out there does the same thing.. I do not see any of them that were hacked being sued for the same thing.. If there is a will, there is a way, and if a hacker wants to find a way to hack a company bad enough, the best security in the world will not stop them.

    Keeping the info longer then needed they are completely wrong about.

    As for the Cali fine.. If they got fined for the amount that they said, they would go out of business.. Yea, lets complain that T-mobile is not getting better coverage, then lets fine them for more then they have net coming in.., 48 million people times $100 per person.. 4.8 billion dollars.. plus court fees.. and that is on the low side.. at $750 per person.. Guess what they net income was last year.. 3 billion.. I do not see that happening.

  • RealShit

    Those losers at tmobile get hacked every year lmao