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ATT : Organized and Systematic’ Hack Attempt on ATT accounts (time to check your accounts / change passwords)

submitted on November 21, 2011 by orangearrows in "Stores / Merchants"
AT&T Inc. (T), the largest U.S. telephone company, notified customers of an effort by hackers to collect online account information.

“We recently detected an organized and systematic attempt to obtain information on a number of AT&T customer accounts, including yours,” AT&T said in an e-mail to customers. “We do not believe that the perpetrators of this attack obtained access to your online account or any of the information contained in that account.”

AT&T said the hacking attempt used so-called auto script technology to “determine whether AT&T telephone numbers were linked to online AT&T accounts,” company spokesman Mark Siegel wrote in an e-mail. In a telephone interview, Siegel said that less than 1 percent of the Dallas-based company’s customers were affected.

“No accounts were breached and our investigation is ongoing to determine the source or intent of the attempt to gather this information,” Siegel wrote in the e-mail.

Earlier today, AT&T customers in the northeastern U.S. experienced a wireless data outage that was restored after a three-hour service disruption. AT&T says there was no connection between the two events.

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