Failed AT&T Hack Attempt Targeted One Million Customers

Type threatpost
Reporter Chris Brook
Modified 2013-04-17T16:33:18


AT&T announced Monday that hackers made an “organized and systematic attempt” to gain access to nearly one million of their customers’ online accounts.

According to a Bloomberg report, the phone company assured customers in an e-mail their accounts were intact.

“We do not believe that the perpetrators of this attack obtained access to your online account or any of the information contained in that account.”

While no information appears to have been breached here, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel announced the company has launched an ongoing investigation to further identify the hack’s intent.AT&T

AT&T, the largest phone company in the world, has 100.7 million wireless subscribers, yet only 1 percent of them, approximately one million customers, were targeted by the attack, in which hackers used automated scripts to try to match up customers telephone numbers with account numbers and gain access to accounts.

The company came under fire last year following the discovery of a flaw in their site that allowed hackers to obtain the e-mail addresses of customers who bought iPads. Perhaps more newsworthy however was how AT&T handled the breach, taking little of the blame and instead placing it squarely on the hackers.