Hackers May Have Had Access to Billions of Texts for Years, Global Telecom Company Admits

A global telecommunications company has admitted that hackers may have had access to billions of text messages from potentially millions of cellphone users for years.

Syniverse, which is part of the infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone among others, revealed that an unknown “individual or organization gained unauthorized access to databases within its network on several occasions,” in a September 27 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company estimates that the newly disclosed hack affected approximately 235 of its customers and potentially millions of other phone users as early as May 2016.

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