One of the major telecommunications companies, T-Mobile, has recently acknowledged that they have been attacked by cyber hackers and have compromised the private information of over 40 million current, former, and prospective customers in the US. This includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, security pins, ID information, and more sensitive customer details.
The rise of the issue to the public eye started from Twitter when a username @und0xxed were tweeting about stolen credentials details and said that they were not a part of the actual stealing but only in charge of the sourcing of the stolen T-Mobile customer credential buyers.
The hackers have stated that their motive of intrusion against T-Mobile is to inflict harm against the US infrastructure, rooted in an old grudge.
They wanted to strike back or retaliate against the USA for kidnapping and torturing a person named John Erin Binns in Germany and said that the physical and mental torturous event was executed in Germany by the CIA and the agents of Turkish intelligence back in the year 2019.
John Erin Binns’ involvement with the case started when @und0xxed confirmed the involvement of another subtle Twitter handles @IntelSecrets/Irdev/V0rtex in the T-Mobile intrusion. The said user has been declared responsible for altering Mirai “Internet of Things” botnet’s source code and created a new variant called “Satori”, – which is being used to supply cybercriminals. Eventually, the user @IntelSecrets was prosecuted in 2019 and later revealed that the real person behind it is John Erin Binns.
Since that incident, Binns has been filing multiple lawsuits against federal organizations such as the CIA, FBI, and the USA Special Operations Command. He has been intensely challenging the administration to return and expose all of the detailed information gathered against him and constantly pursues amendments for his suspected kidnapping under the mentioned federal agencies.
According to the user @und0xxed from Twitter, the threat actors have found access inside T-Mobile’s wireless data network, which has enabled them to enter two customer data centres of the said telecom firm. Then, the hackers began to acquire their target databases in a total of at least 100GB.
Similar to other telecommunication companies, T-Mobile also suffers from consistent attack threats by scammers who are swapping SIM methods to gain employee accounts control to enter backdoor customer credentials.