A major telecommunications company that partners with AT&T and Verizon said hackers had access to its system for more than 5 years, exposing billions of text messages

Breaching the systems of a large telecommunications company exposed communications between millions of people. GABRIEL BOUYS / Getty Images

  • Synverse, a large telecommunications company, said hackers had been in its system for years.

  • The data breach exposed billions of text messages and millions of data from cell phone users.

  • Synverse itself has said that almost all mobile operators rely on its network.

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Telecommunications giant Syniverse revealed to the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that hackers have infiltrated its systems, a breach that has exposed billions of text messages and millions of cellphone user data over the past five years. .

Syniverse, which counts AT&T, Verizon and T-mobile among its customers, announced in a September 27 filing with the SEC that the company’s investigation found unauthorized access to its systems began in May. 2016, although the company did not discover the breach until May 2021.

“Syniverse has known and may in the future face hackers, cybercriminals or others who gain unauthorized access to its systems or abuse them in any way to hijack its proprietary information and technologies, interrupt its activities. and / or gain unauthorized access to his or her confidential client information, ”the company said in its SEC filing.

The company has exposed the security breach as it prepares to go public through a merger with M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corp, a special purpose acquisition company. Synverse did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The company said the breach compromised the login details of 235 of its customers and the company contacted its customers who had been affected and notified law enforcement. In previous press releases, Syniverse has described itself as a company that “powers mobile communications for almost every person and device in the world.”

A former Syniverse employee told Vice that Synverses systems often contain sensitive information, such as text messages and call recordings, and that hackers could have accessed this information as well.

Synverse processes 740 billion text messages a day, according to the company’s website.

“Synverses systems have direct access to phone call recordings and text messaging, and indirect access to a wide range of internet accounts protected by 2-factor SMS authentication,” Karsten Nohl, researcher in security. “The Synverses hack will make it easier to access Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and all kinds of other accounts at the same time.”

Read the full story of Synverse in Vice.

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