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Hacker Who Stole T-Mobile Data of 50 Million Customers Revealed

Levin Law | 9.17.2021

New WSJ Interview Details Security Failures that Lead to Data Breach

The hacker who launched a cyberattack against one of the largest cellular providers in the country has come forward. A 21-year-old American now living in Turkey detailed the hack in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. The data breach exposed the personal information of over 50 million current, former, and prepaid T-Mobile customers.

At Levin Law, P.A., we represent individuals who have suffered financial losses, including but not limited to having crypto wallets hacked with assets stolen, as a result of the T-Mobile data breach or similar security failures. It is alleged that the cellular company was negligent in preventing the attack, which may have given hackers access to account PINs and other unique phone-identifying numbers such as IMEIs and IMSIs.

If your mobile device was hacked as a result of a data breach, and you experienced financial loss, contact Levin Law, P.A. for a free case evaluation. Call (305) 402-9050 or email managing partner Brian Levin directly at

Hacker Describes Fatal Flaw in T-Mobile Security

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) interview, John Binns says he was responsible for the devastating security breach that compromised the personal information of millions of people. Binns says that he accessed the cellular giant through an “unprotected router” he discovered on the internet in July.

In the interview, Binns refers to T-Mobile’s security as “awful.” Through the unprotected router, he was able to obtain access to critical personal data stored by the company. Breached data included the names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and social security numbers of over 50 million customers. 

Security Breaches on the Rise

The hacker, as noted in the WSJ article, says his goal was to gain attention by “generating noise.” While he would not admit to attempting to sell the data he received, however, T-Mobile was first notified about the problem when a security research firm reported that their customer data was attempting to be sold. Shortly thereafter, T-Mobile issued a statement regarding the potential attack.

As reported by the WSJ, the data breach is one of the latest to compromise critical information stored by American companies. It is the third in the last two years for T-Mobile alone. Data breaches of this magnitude can cost customers millions if a hacker is able to gain access to their financial accounts.

Litigation Regarding T-Mobile’s Security Failures

Individuals who have cryptocurrency or other digital investment losses related to this or other security breaches are encouraged to contact Levin Law, P.A.. Depending on the situation, affected customers might be able to pursue arbitration claims against T-Mobile for financial losses, including but not limited to, cryptocurrency losses.

As we previously discussed, T-Mobile was recently sued after hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to a customer’s account. The hackers used the information to conduct a SIM-card swap which allowed them to transfer over $8 million in cryptocurrency from the customer. When a data breach exposes account PINs or other identifying information unique to a person’s device, it allows hackers to engage in these types of fraudulent activities.

Contact Levin Law, P.A. for More Information

If you have experienced cryptocurrency or other financial losses related to T-Mobile’s data breach or another mobile phone company’s security failures, contact Levin Law, P.A. for a free case evaluation. Most cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that clients are not obligated to pay Levin Law’s attorney fees unless money is recovered on their behalf. Call (305) 402-9050 or email attorney Brian Levin directly at

About Levin Law

Levin Law is a premier national securities and class action law firm.  Brian Levin, Levin Law’s managing attorney, has obtained settlements and recoveries of over $100,000,000 in assets through arbitration and litigation for investors throughout the country and the rest of the world. Levin Law represents retirees, individual investors, high-net-worth investors, ultra-high-net-worth investors, institutions, family offices, trusts, publicly held companies, and others.

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