[ISN] T-Mobile lost disk containing data on 17 million customers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 00:26:18 -0500 (CDT)

By Peter Sayer 
IDG News Service 

Deutsche Telekom's German mobile phone subsidiary T-Mobile lost a disk 
containing personal information about 17 million of its customers in 
early 2006, the company said Saturday.

Silent about the data loss for more than two years, the company 
published its version of events on Saturday following a report in German 
news magazine Der Spiegel that the data were being offered for sale on 
the Internet.

Data on the disk included customers' name, date of birth, address and 
mobile phone number, and in some cases the customers' e-mail addresses. 
No banking details were lost, the company said.

When the loss of the disk was discovered, the company reported the loss 
to the state prosecutor, and began monitoring Internet forums and sites 
where such stolen information is offered for sale, it said.

T-Mobile found no evidence in the months following the loss that the 
missing data was on the market, it said.

That changed on Saturday, however, with Der Spiegel's revelation that 
the data is now for sale on the Internet.

The data for sale includes the home addresses and unlisted phone numbers 
of many German celebrities, business leaders, billionaires, religious 
representatives, government ministers and politicians, according to the 


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