Washingtonians impacted by 2021 T-Mobile data breach – Dailyfly.com Lewis-Clark Valley Community
Washington State Attorney General’s Office
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson urges all Washingtonians who believe they were affected by the data breach announced by T-Mobile in August 2021 to take appropriate steps to protect their personal information from identity theft.
The data breach affected approximately 2 million Washingtonians.
“Data breaches continue to be a growing threat to Washingtonians,” Ferguson said. “We want to make sure Washingtonians have the tools they need to protect themselves in the wake of a data breach.”
On August 17, 2021, T-Mobile reported a massive data breach compromising the sensitive personal information of millions of current, former and potential T-Mobile customers. The breach affected more than 50 million people nationwide. Millions of people have had their names, dates of birth, social security numbers and driver’s license information compromised.
Recently, a large subset of the information compromised in the breach was for sale on the “dark web” – a hidden part of the internet where cybercriminals buy, sell and track personal information. Many people have since received alerts through various identity theft protection services advising them that their information has been found online in connection with the breach, confirming that those affected are at increased risk of identity theft.
Ferguson urges anyone who believes they were part of the August 2021 T-Mobile data breach to take the following steps to protect themselves:
- Watch your credit. Credit monitoring services track your credit report and alert you whenever a change is made, such as a new account or a large purchase. Most services will notify you within 24 hours of any changes to your credit report.
- Consider placing a free credit freeze on your credit report. Identity thieves will not be able to open a new credit account in your name while the freeze is in place. You can place a credit freeze by contacting each of the three major credit bureaus:
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert tells lenders and creditors to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit. You can place a fraud alert by contacting any of the three major credit bureaus.
- Additional Resources. If you think you’ve been the victim of identity theft, go to voldidentite.gov for help on how to report it and recover from it. Washingtonians can also visit https://www.atg.wa.gov/
guardit.aspx for more information.