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Class Action Lawsuits Are Now Piling Up Following Breach of T-Mobile Data

Hackers managed to break into the servers of a data processor that T-Mobile used, exposing 15 million people’s private data.
November 10, 2015, 1:39pm

The data processor whose recent hack exposed the private information of 15 million people who applied for T-Mobile service is now facing legal action.

Experian said Tuesday morning [PDF] that it "received a number of class actions" following the incident, and that it is currently unable to determine the "scope and effect" of these legal threats. The company added that it would rely on insurance to cover any associated legal costs in the event of "unfavorable outcomes."

We already know of at least one class action lawsuit. A Texas-based law firm said in an October 23 press release that it had filed suit against Experian in a California federal court, seeking to represent the 15 million people who applied for T-Mobile service between September 2013 and September 2015 whose data was compromised in the hack (including Motherboard managing editor Adrianne Jeffries). This data includes names, addresses, and Social Security numbers, but does not include credit card or other payment data.

Experian is offering two years of free identity theft protection to the hack's victims.

T-Mobile, which is expected to make another "Uncarrier" product announcement later in the day on Tuesday, has continually stressed that its own servers were not impacted by the hack.