AT&T

Hacking

AT&T Contractors and a Verizon Employee Charged With Helping SIM Swapping Criminal Ring

The indictments show that sometimes stealing phone numbers to hack accounts is an inside job.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.13.19
location data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The lawsuits come after a Motherboard investigation showed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sold phone location data that ended up with bounty hunters, and The New York Times covered an instance of Verizon selling data.
Joseph Cox
5.4.19
location data

FCC Commissioner Demands Answers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon on Phone Location Data

The demands are the latest move to pressure telecom companies, who said they would stop the sale of location data to third parties after Motherboard’s coverage.
Joseph Cox
5.1.19
location data

After Telcos Shut Off Bounty Hunters, Scammers Sell Fake 'Phone Pings'

After Motherboard’s investigation led to telcos stopping their sale of phone location data, apparent scammers are exploiting a void in the private investigator industry.
Joseph Cox
5.1.19
big telecom

In Letters To Senate, Wireless Carriers Downplay Their Latest Location Data Scandal

Carriers insist location data scams are rare and they do their best to police them. Government investigators may want to confirm that claim.
Karl Bode
4.18.19
privacy

T-Mobile Reveals More Location Data Abuse Following Questions from Senator Wyden

“It is now abundantly clear that you have failed to be good stewards of your customers’ private location information,” Senator Wyden wrote in a letter addressed to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.
Joseph Cox
3.13.19
telecom

AT&T Jacks Up TV Prices Again After Merger, Despite Promising That Wouldn’t Happen

AT&T insisted that post-merger “efficiencies” would likely result in lower, not higher rates.
Karl Bode
3.12.19
big tech

If We're Going to Break Up Big Tech, We Shouldn’t Forget Big Telecom

Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed breaking up tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon on Friday—but big telecom is in dire need of the same treatment.
Karl Bode
3.8.19
privacy

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

In several cases, a stalker impersonated a US Marshal and reported a fake kidnapping in order to get telecom companies to give them real-time cell phone location data.
Joseph Cox
3.6.19
AT&T

US Courts Just Greenlit AT&T’s Anti-Competitive Ambition for Decades to Come

AT&T’s $86 billion merger with Time Warner will result in higher rates and competition issues, but thanks to lobbying and weakened antitrust oversight, government can’t do a damn thing about it.
Karl Bode
2.26.19
privacy

What A-GPS Data Is (and Why Wireless Carriers Most Definitely Shouldn’t Be Selling It)

A Motherboard investigation found that telecom companies are selling their customers' "assisted GPS" data, which is intended for first responders answering 911 calls.
Karl Bode
2.7.19
SURVEILLANCE

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

A Motherboard investigation has found that around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
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