We like to keep our readers informed whenever there are large corporate data breaches that expose customer Social Security numbers.
With this in mind, recently we were alarmed when we read that AT&T would pay $25 million to settle charges that workers at its international call centers stole customers’ personal information, including Social Security numbers.
According to Fortune, the data breach involved workers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines who accessed almost 280,000 AT&T customers’ names, full and partial Social Security numbers and wireless account information. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that this information was then provided to thieves who stole phones in an attempt to unlock devices.
The $25 million fine is the largest for a data security and privacy violation that the FCC has ever issued. As a part of the settlement with the FCC, AT&T has agreed to notify all affected customers and provide free credit-monitoring services.
Keeping a Social Security Number Safe
Recently, we wrote a blog about keeping your Social Security number safe. We will continue to keep you posted about Social Security breaches. Remember, if you are worried that your personal information might have been exposed to thieves, it may be wise to monitor your credit reports and setup fraud alert services.
News about data breaches should not dissuade you from applying for Social Security benefits if you are disabled. If you have questions about benefits, you can visit our Social Security FAQ page.
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