August 29, 2006

AT&T says hackers accessed customers’ cards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers broke into one of AT&T
Inc.'s computer networks and stole credit card data and other
personal information from several thousand customers who
shopped at the telecommunication giant's online store.

AT&T said it was notifying "fewer than 19,000" customers
whose data was accessed during the weekend break-in, which it
said was detected within hours.

The company said it immediately shut down the online store,
notified credit card companies, and was working with law
enforcement agencies to track down the hackers.

"We recognize that there is an active market for illegally
obtained personal information," Priscilla Hill-Ardoin, AT&T's
chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

"We will work closely with law enforcement to bring these
data thieves to account," Hill-Ardoin said.

AT&T said it would also pay for credit monitoring services
to assist in protecting the customers involved. The data theft
involved people who had bought DSL equipment for high-speed
Internet access.