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Experian breach exposes T-Mobile's data, Legere incredibly angry

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Experian plc announced a data breach may have compromised the personal information of roughly 15 million consumers in the U.S.

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That includes those who had applied for T-Mobile US subscription services or devices over two years through September 16.

Experian, one of three main credit-reporting agencies , said the breach didn't affect the Costa Mesa, Calif., company's consumer-credit database. The company said no payment card or banking information was acquired in the breach and that the data taken included names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers, as well as an alternative form of identification and other information used in T-Mobile's credit assessment.

"Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian. This is no small issue for us. I take our customer and prospective customer privacy VERY seriously," T-Mobile chief executive officer John Legere said in an open letter posted on the company's website.

Mr. Legere said the breach didn't involve any of T-Mobile's systems or network and added that the company is working with Experian to take protective steps for all consumers affected by the breach.

Experian said it is in the process of notifying consumers and that it will offer two years of credit monitoring and identity resolution services.

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