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Do you have a T-Mobile phone?

If you have a T-Mobile phone, you might want to ask them why the fuck they didn't tell you your personal information was stolen? I'm a little irritated by this.

Someone out there may now have my name, my date of birth, my Social Security Number and other little details necessary to make me a victim of identity theft. Thank you T-Mobile. Thank you very much for not bothering to say anything.

Oh, and did you use their email service? Many of those passwords were ripped off, too. Since people reuse passwords, you might want to think about whether or not you reused yours and and whether you had sensitive information sent through your phone.

Of course, it's possible that it's not T-Mobile's fault:

T-Mobile, which apparently knew of the intrusions by July of last year, has not issued any public warning. Under California's anti-identity theft law "SB1386," the company is obliged to notify any California customers of a security breach in which their personally identifiable information is "reasonably believed to have been" compromised. That notification must be made in "the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay," but may be postponed if a law enforcement agency determines that the disclosure would compromise an investigation.

Since the Secret Service was investigating, perhaps they asked T-Mobile not to say anything. That raises an interesting point. The Secret Service wants the criminal but to gather enough information to stop the criminal meant putting more people at risk. But since neither T-Mobile nor the Secret Service are willing to discuss this, we can't get to the heart of the matter.

So this begs an interesting question, how many people should we allow to be hurt in the interest of catching criminals? How much damage will the investigation do as opposed to the actual crime? I'm not saying the criminal should just go free, but there are some serious problems here and much of the root of the problem is the government refusing to pass privacy laws that would shield us from intrusive use and storage of our personal information.

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Good thing I don't have a t-mobile phone...yet. I have an interview with them this morning. Now this is going to be on my mind during the
Regardles of whether it's T-Mobiles fault, it's certainly not in their best interest for information like this to come to light.

I suppose the 'smart' answer to your question would be that when the potential number of people hurt by not catching the criminal goes below the number of people already hurt then the information should be divulged. Of course, in this case neither of these numbers is easily quantifiable.

On a larger scale, the logic being played out here is similar to that being used around the passing of laws, both in the US and the UK, regarding the treatment of terrorists. In essence what the governments of both countries are saying is that it's OK to errode human rights because that errosion is going to cause less damage, short term, than the terrorist activities it will stop.

Personally I beileve that line of argument is pure horse sbit.
I heard about this a couple weeks ago. That article doesn't really go into detail about it, but other versions of the story emphasize more about the motives and goals of the particular hacker. It seems like the guy was primarily interested in hacking the secret service and acquiring photos of celebrities, and not real interested in identity theft of random customers. I can only hope that this distinction is part of what made them believe that they could keep it quiet for so long.
Thanks for the heads up. Guess I'll stick to going with Cingular.

What are you doing? Changing PINs? passwords? You know, I can't imagine how we are supposed to learn about an identity theft either through negative means (being refused credit or being issued with legal papers) or by frequently checking our credit reports. But then doesn't accessing your report also count against your score?

And to think I've absolutely been loving T-Mobile. I suppose something negative was eventually going to pop up.
Well, the horse is out of the barn, now. I can change my pertinent information, but either I'm screwed or I'm not. I can't unscrew myself at this point :/