Yesterday, the largest U.S. telecom company-AT&T- announced that hackers have targeted the company to access personal data of the company’s customers. The company has also announced that hackers used so called auto-script technology to gain illegitimate access over customers’ phone numbers.
However, AT&T has tried to play down the incident by sending an email to customers to ensure their data privacy. The email said “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.” Though, this is also being consider an attempt by AT&T to know whether their customers data has been gone for toss or not.
The company officially stated that there are 100 million subscribers in the region and less than one percent among them was targeted by the hackers. The company also stated that the incident was a systematic attempt by the hacker to obtain the customers database and information.
The company’s spokesperson—Mark Siegel—said “The company is currently investigating the incident to determine the source or intent of the attempt to gather this information. In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, we are advising the account holder involved.”
Yesterday, early in the morning, AT & T customers in the North-Eastern U.S. faced the problem of service outage but after three-four hours, the problems were retrieved by the company.
This is not the first time when the company’s customers’ database has been tried to hacked. Last year, hackers stole personal data from about 120,000 accounts and U.S prosecutors had alleged two people in the illegal data hacking activity. Daniel Spliter and Andrew Auernheimer had penalized in the case of fraud and access of the computer without authorization. However, both confessed that their intentions were clear; they wanted to demonstrate the security weakness of the company so that the company would improve its security.
The U.S. president—Barrack Obama—forced the congress to frame a rigor law to improve the network security in order to maintain the National and economic security.
Globally, network security is a prime concern and a rigor legal action should be taken to insure the personal and confidential database. The repeated hacking attempt isn’t only a concern for AT&T but also for the global networking companies who really need to improve their security to avoid any similar attempts in future.