Media stories

Read what some of the top publications are saying about privacy concerns tied to your mobile number, and what you can do to protect yourself.

(2024, Jul 13)

If you’re an AT&T customer, your data has likely been stolen.

"AT&T confirmed it will begin notifying around about a data breach that allowed cybercriminals to steal the phone records of “nearly all” of its customers. The stolen data contains phone numbers and AT&T records of calls and text messages during a six-month period in 2022, the company says."

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(2024, May 17)

It is dangerously easy to hack the world’s phones

"For years experts have warned that a technology at the centre of global communications is dangerously exposed. Now there is more evidence that it has been used to snoop on people in America."

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Eli Blumenthal, (2024, April 30)

Data Privacy: All the Ways Your Cellphone Carrier Tracks You and How to Stop It

"Data tracking in 2024 seems inevitable. Whether you're using an iPhone or Android phone, your carrier is likely gathering all sorts of data about how, where and when you use your cellphone."

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Brian Fung, (2024, April 29)

FCC fines wireless carriers millions for sharing user locations without consent

"The US government has issued millions of dollars in fines to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon after an investigation found the nation’s top wireless carriers had illegally shared customers’ personal data without their consent."

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Rachel Weingarten, (2023, August 31)

Here’s What Hackers Can Do with Just Your Cell Phone Number

"Scammers can use your phone number to impersonate, steal from, and harass you and others. Here's what to do if your info is compromised."

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Brian X. Chen, (2019, Aug 15)

I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.

“Our personal tech columnist asked security researchers what they could find out about him from just his cellphone number. Quite a lot, it turns out.”

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Matt Burgess, (2019, Jul 3)

If you want online privacy, change your phone number immediately.

“Your phone number wasn't designed to be a universal online identification system. With SIM jacking on the rise, now is the time to ditch your digits.”

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