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AT&T discloses cyberattack with different intent

| Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

An undisclosed number of AT&T wireless customers' accounts have been broken into, exposing sensitive personal data such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth, according to the company.

In a letter to customers, AT&T is telling users that the breach occurred between April 9 and 21, and by way of apology, the company is offering a year of free credit monitoring.

Unlike the data breaches involving Target and P.F. Chang's, AT&T said the hackers' intent wasn't to steal credit card numbers or commit other financial fraud. Instead, they wanted was to pretend to be AT&T customers so they could do something far more benign: unlock old, used handsets.

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