A company with a far-reaching impact on millions, if not billions of cell phone users around the world, has tacitly announced that its systems were compromised by hackers five years ago, according to Motherboard. Although the hacking began in May 2016, the company allegedly didn’t discover the breach until May 2021. Syniverse provides backbone services for wireless companies like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other international wireless carriers. It processes more than 740 billion texts annually and forwards them from one provider to another. The company repeatedly declined to answer specific questions about motherboard.
A former Syniverse employee who now works at another telecommunications company told the point of sale that hacking on this scale could potentially have exposed metadata such as phone numbers, the locations of the parties on either end of a call, and the content of text messages. The violation was disclosed on September 27th in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Documents state that an unknown “person or organization has gained unauthorized access to databases within their network on multiple occasions,” and more than 235 customers have been confirmed to have been directly affected. Experts interviewed by Motherboard said the five-year hack could have exposed many, many more, given the size of Syniverse.
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