T-Mobile lost disk containing data on 17 million customers


The data for sale includes the home addresses and unlisted phone numbers of many German celebrities, business leaders, billionaires, religious representatives, government ministers and politicians, according to the report.

T-Mobile maintains that there is no evidence that the data has been used to harass or to steal the identity of any of its customers.

The company has improved its security procedures since the disk was lost, it said. Those procedures now include the use of stronger passwords and access controls, and the logging of accesses to customer databases.

However, noone at the company was immediately available to explain how the loss occurred.

Customers worried about the disclosure of their mobile phone number can have it changed for free, the company said.