Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking

When AT&T said in a press release this week that "unauthorized persons illegally hacked into a computer system and accessed personal data" from thousands of DSL customers, it wasn't telling the whole story.

Internal company documents show that the security breach was only the first step in a more elaborate scam that involved bogus e-mail being sent to AT&T customers that attempted to trick them into revealing additional info that could be used for widespread fraud or identity theft.

"We haven't seen anything like this before," acknowledged Walt Sharp, an AT&T spokesman. Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking

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