T-Mobile, Experian face growing list of lawsuits after massive T-Mobile data breach

T-Mobile, Experian face growing list of lawsuits after massive T-Mobile data breach

The list of lawsuits filed against US wireless carrier T-Mobile and credit-tracking firm Experian Plc have been on the increase of late, after the October 1 disclosure that hackers gained access to the personal data of 15 million T-Mobile customers because of a data breach at Experian.

T-Mobile and Experian have confirmed that a hack of Experian’s servers enabled hackers to compromise T-Mobile customers’ data. The data was used by T-Mobile to carry out credit checks of customers who applied for its services during the period between September 1, 2013 and September 16, 2015.

The T-Mobile customers’ personal data to which the hackers gained unauthorized access included names, email addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, other ID numbers like driver’s license, passport numbers, and military ID. The hack also exposed additional information used by T-Mobile for customers’ credit assessment.

Against the backdrop of the massive data breach, at least five lawsuits were filed against T-Mobile and Experian on Wednesday. All these lawsuits have sought class-action status to represent everyone affected by the breach. In addition, one more lawsuit related to the data breach was filed on Wednesday. That lawsuit named only Experian.

In their complaints, the plaintiffs have accused T-Mobile and Experian of negligence as well as violations of consumer protection laws.

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