Anyone who applied for financing from T-Mobile in the last two years could be affected by a recent hack, even if you never had T-Mobile service. The vendor T-Mobile uses for credit applications, the credit bureau Experian, was hacked and 15 million people's information was exposed.
The hack was discovered in mid-September and was fixed quickly, according to T-Mobile. No credit card or banking information was exposed in the hack, but other personal information like names, addresses and Social Security numbers was leaked. Some of the data was supposedly encrypted, but T-Mobile says Experian's encryption could have been compromised.
If you were affected by the hack, T-Mobile is offering two years of free credit monitoring. The only catch is the credit monitoring is offered by Experian, the very company that was hacked.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is "incredibly angry about this data breach" and reviewing T-Mobile's partnership with Experian, including the possibility of credit monitoring from another company for those affected by the hack. "Right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected," he said in a statement.