T-Mobile: Get (Hacked) More

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 22:49
Category: Mobile Phone

SecurityFocus’ Kevin Poulsen broke a story about a 21-year-old hacker that had access to T-Mobile’s customers names, addresses, social security numbers, voicemail passwords, and get this, their Sidekick photos. What’s worse is that he also nabbed some pretty sensitive email from the US Secret Service. Why the hell are those guys sending confidential email from their Sidekicks anyway?

A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor U.S. Secret Service e-mail, obtain customers’ passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.
Twenty-one year-old Nicolas Jacobsen was quietly charged with the intrusions last October, after a Secret Service informant helped investigators link him to sensitive agency documents that were circulating in underground IRC chat rooms. The informant also produced evidence that Jacobsen was behind an offer to provide T-Mobile customers’ personal information to identity thieves through an Internet bulletin board, according to court records.

The PowerPage are huge GSM and T-Mo advocates and we’re wondering what the company is going to do to compensate the victims of this attack and prevent it from happening again? Verizon, can you hear me now?
Read more:
T-Mobile: Hacker had limited access (CNet)
Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email (The Register)
Hacker Penetrates T-Mobile Systems (Slashdot)


SecurityFocus’ Kevin Poulsen broke a story about a 21-year-old hacker that had access to T-Mobile’s customers names, addresses, social security numbers, voicemail passwords, and get this, their Sidekick photos. What’s worse is that he also nabbed some pretty sensitive email from the US Secret Service. Why the hell are those guys sending confidential email from their Sidekicks anyway?

A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor U.S. Secret Service e-mail, obtain customers’ passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.
Twenty-one year-old Nicolas Jacobsen was quietly charged with the intrusions last October, after a Secret Service informant helped investigators link him to sensitive agency documents that were circulating in underground IRC chat rooms. The informant also produced evidence that Jacobsen was behind an offer to provide T-Mobile customers’ personal information to identity thieves through an Internet bulletin board, according to court records.

The PowerPage are huge GSM and T-Mo advocates and we’re wondering what the company is going to do to compensate the victims of this attack and prevent it from happening again? Verizon, can you hear me now?
Read more:
T-Mobile: Hacker had limited access (CNet)
Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email (The Register)
Hacker Penetrates T-Mobile Systems (Slashdot)

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