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22 Nov 2011

AT&T alerts users of hacking attempt

The largest U.S. phone company is not immune to hacking attempts. AT&T alerted customers that there was an internet security breach in which hackers tried to collect account information.

“We recently detected an organized and systematic attempt to obtain information on a number of AT&T customer accounts, including yours,” AT&T said in an e-mail to customers, according to Bloomberg. “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.”

AT&T said the hacking attempt tried to determine whether phone numbers were linked to online accounts, the news source said. Company spokesman Mark Siegel told Bloomberg that less than 1 percent of the company's customers were affected by the hacking attempt. He said no accounts were breached.

Hackers apparently tried to use an automated program to link mobile numbers to log-in credentials. While all was fine this time, customers of any large corporation should make sure to frequently check their account, and companies of all sizes need to make sure internet security measures are in place.