updated 02:35 pm EDT, Tue June 9, 2009
T-Mobile today acknowledged that a recent hacking attempt had obtained information from its servers but downplayed the risk from the event. While the cellular carrier confirmed that data posted by the infiltrators on security message board Full Disclosure was real, a company representative has claimed to Electronista that none of the information would have compromised either T-Mobile itself or any of its subscribers. The provider nonetheless said it would watch for further attempts and has already taken "additional measures" to guard its network.
The gesture follows a Saturday warning on Full Disclosure which asserted that the anonymous hacking team had obtained information from T-Mobile and was offering it to those willing to pay after unsuccessfully trying to sell the information to rival carriers. However, skeptics have noted that not enough information was posted to have backed the claims.
Such breaches are relatively common online but seldom occur with phone and Internet carriers, which often take extra steps to guard their subscriber lists.