19,000 AT&T customers get data stolen in computer heist

By Justin Mann on August 30, 2006, 8:04 PM
Many AT&T customers may soon be at the bad end of identity fraud, with credit card numbers and personal information of up to 19,000 people being stolen from the communications giant last week. The theft, which affects AT&T customers that bought DSL through their web store, was the result of hackers breaking into some of AT&Ts computer systems, though details on the nature of the breach aren't being revealed. AT&T is being tight lipped about the ordeal, mentioning only that they are “committed” to protecting privacy and offering services to help such:

The giant telco has pledged to notify affected customers of the breach, and is offering to pay for subscriptions to credit monitoring services in order to protect against the use of stolen data in fraudulent purchases. AT&T has also notified credit card firms of the breach.
An investigation has already begun to find the criminals.

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