Attention AT&T customers – there’s been a BIG data breach

April 1 – More than 70 million AT&T accounts have been hacked and customer’s personal information has been shared on the dark web. 

It’s both current at past AT&T customers. 

The announcement was made on Saturday. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “If you don’t get an email, that’s good news, but give it another day. What’s odd about this story is only about 7.6 million are actually current AT&T customers. The 65 million plus are former AT&T customers.”

AT&T is not saying how the hack happened. 

Barkdoll said, “You look at the reporting, it looks like these hackers got Social Security numbers, all sorts of other personal data. AT&T are saying that they are notifying you if you’ve been a victim of this by email or letter. You may have already been notified and it’s going to be the classic free credit monitoring service. Some other things that if you can show that you’ve been damaged, but the problem is this seems to be a pattern. I mean, every few weeks, we’re seeing these big data breach hacks and as a consumer, what do you do? I mean, there’s not much you’re able to do if they have somehow set up a system that has compromised your data. Certainly if you get the email notifying you that you’ve been a victim, definitely sign up for the free credit monitoring at a minimum to make sure that that is locked down if someone is using your social security number.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I don’t know if people know this, but the telecom company that has the biggest, most coziest relationship with China? AT&T. So expect that your data may be going out to many places around the world. I find that relationship a little disturbing with some of the things I’ve been reading about lately and now to hear this relationship with AT&T and this data leak, I think we need to examine what companies are in bed with China and be a little more wary of them than others.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “We’re not going to be able to do anything about that. Lawyers will make certain that we can do all sorts of business, we can sell all sorts of farmland, we could set up all sorts of China camps next to our bases out there. It really does come down to you as an individual. I’ll tell you what you can do. You’re going to have to grow a backbone and you’re going to have to just go it alone. If you’re depending on the likes of your lawmakers out there, you might as well forget it. They have no appetite to slash anything when it comes to your budget, yet you see what happens on the national debt. You’re going to have to do your own dig for yourself. It’s up to you.” 

Barkdoll said, “The problem, too, is there are these alternate cell phone companies other than the big three, other than AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, but when you look into these smaller companies, they’re using an AT&T tower or a Verizon tower. They’re piggybacking o9ff of existing infrastructure. It’s very curious to me that the bulk of these compromised accounts are former customers. Presumably AT&T had that data parked somewhere else, maybe that was not locked down as tightly as existing customers, but they’re going to have to come out today with more details on how this happened, who they think may be behind it.”