A well-known threat actor with a long list of previous breaches is selling private data that was allegedly collected from 70 million AT&T customers. We analyzed the data and found it to include social security numbers, date of birth, and other private information. The hacker is asking $1 million for the entire database (direct sell) and has provided RestorePrivacy with exclusive information for this report.
Update: AT&T has initially denied the breach in a statement to RestorePrivacy. The hacker has responded by saying, “they will keep denying until I leak everything.”
Hot on the heels of a massive data breach with T Mobile earlier this week, AT&T now appears to be in the spotlight. A well-known threat actor in the underground hacking scene is claiming to have private data from 70 million AT&T customers. The threat actor goes by the name of ShinyHunters and was also behind other previous exploits that affected Microsoft, Tokopedia, Pixlr, Mashable, Minted, and more.
The hacker posted the leak on an underground hacking forum earlier today, along with a sample of the data that we analyzed. The original post is below:
We examined the data for this report and also reached out to the hacker who posted it for sale.
70 million AT&T customers could be at risk
In the original post that we discovered on a hacker forum, the user posted a relatively small sample of the data. We examined the sample and it appears to be authentic based on available public records. Additionally, the user who posted it has a history of major data breaches and exploits, as we’ll examine more below.
While we cannot yet confirm the data is from AT&T customers, everything we examined appears to be valid. Here is the data that is available in this leak:
- Phone number
- Physical address
- Email address
- Social security number
- Date of birth
Below is a screenshot from the sample of data available:
In addition to the data above, the hacker also has accessed encrypted data from customers that include social security numbers and date of birth. Here is a sample that we examined:
The data is currently being offered for $1 million USD for a direct sell (or flash sell) and $200,000 for access that is given to others. Assuming it is legit, this would be a very valuable breach as other threat actors can likely purchase and use the information for exploiting AT&T customers for financial gain.