The FCC launched a proceeding to strengthen data breach notification regulations for telecommunications companies to ensure faster reporting and to harmonize federal rules with states and other sectors.
Optus disclosed a cyber attack that compromised the personal data of up to 10 million Australians with a threat actor initially demanding $1 million and several sources suggesting human error as the cause.
Cox communications data breach notification disclosed that unauthorized individual(s) accessed sensitive customer information after impersonating the company's support agent.
While 5G promises to be faster, more accessible and more secure, network operators are still challenged by legacy signalling protocols that are still readily used today, although security for these is limited.
T-Mobile appears to have suffered a devastating data breach as a reported 100 million records have appeared for sale on a dark web forum. The customer data is about as sensitive as possible, containing accurate Social Security and driver's license numbers.
Hackers accessed subscribers’ information and ported their mobile numbers in the Mint data breach after potentially compromising a subscriber management software or a user account.
By providing hosted services to businesses, telcos will need to consider privilege access management to secure not only their own infrastructure, but also that of their clients.
Hackers breached UScellular’s retail CRM software and accessed customer data, including PIN and CPNI, and ported some subscribers’ mobile phone numbers to a different carrier.
T-Mobile disclosed a second data breach in 2020 in which hackers illegally accessed call-related and customer proprietary network information for about 200,000 subscribers.
With so many employees, subscribers, and seemingly unlimited data out there, the telecom industry is a prime target for cybercriminals looking for a profit.