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Wyoming AG warns 29,000 residents impacted by T-Mobile breach of dark web sales of personal data

By Brendan Lachance, Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill is urging state residents who may have been impacted by a data breach originally announced in August 2021 to take action to protect the information from identity theft.

28,914 Wyoming residents were among the over 53 million current, former and prospective T-Mobile customers impacted by the data breach, according to a Wednesday press release from the Wyoming AG’s office.

“Among other categories of impacted information, millions had their names, dates of birth, Social Security
Numbers, and driver’s license information compromised,” the AG’s office said. “Recently, a large subset of the information compromised in the breach was discovered for sale on the dark web — a hidden portion of the Internet where cyber criminals buy, sell, and track personal information.”

“Many individuals subsequently received alerts through various identity theft protection services informing them that their information was found online in connection with the breach, confirming that impacted individuals are at heightened risk for identity theft.”

Hill is urging anyone who may have been impacted by the T-Mobile breach to take the following steps:

• Consider placing a free credit freeze on your credit report. Identity thieves will not be
able to open a new credit account in your name while the freeze is in place. You can place
a credit freeze by contacting each of the three major credit bureaus

• Place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert tells lenders and creditors to take
extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit. You can place a fraud alert by
contacting any one of the three major credit bureaus.

• Visit T-Mobile’s Website. T-Mobile has a dedicated online safety and identity theft
protection webpage where you can learn more about common mobile fraud schemes and
safety tips.

• Additional Resources. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, go to
identitytheft.gov for assistance on how to report it and recover from it—or contact the
Attorney General’s Office for help.

o Wyoming Consumer Protection and Antitrust Unit | https://ag.wyo.gov/law-office-
 | +1 (307) 777-6397

-Wyoming Attorney General’s office