T-Mobile says it is investigating allegations of big data breaches that could affect its 100 million customers. According to the information, a message is seen at a secret forum on Sunday, August 15, came from someone claiming to have the personal data of 100 million people.
The message did not mention T-Mobile, but when a poster was touched on the newsletter Motherboard, it became clear that mobile phone customers were at the center of the alleged hacking. The figure of 100 million might be noted as it is almost equal to all T-Mobile customers.
The vendor told Motherboard that the information belongs to “T-Mobile USA” customers and contains everything from names, social security numbers, and phone numbers, to home addresses, driver’s license details, and International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. The news website said it was able to verify the accuracy of the stolen data after reviewing the sample.
The perpetrator is asking for 6 bitcoin – currently worth about $285,000 – in exchange for a social security information block and a driver’s license linked to T-Mobile’s 30 million customers.
T-Mobile has said in a statement that “we are confident that the entry point used to gain access has been closed, and we are continuing our deep technical review of the situation across our systems to identify the nature of any data that was illegally accessed.” The company has also pledged to “proactively communicate” with customers and stakeholders once more is understood, but that the investigation will “take some time”. T-Mobile is also not confirming the number of records affected or the validity of any statements made by others. This is a developing story and more information will likely be released in the future.
Those claiming to hold the data added that T-Mobile may have already found out about the hack as they can no longer access the company’s servers. But the company, which merged with Sprint last year in a $26 billion deal, will still publicly verify if its servers are violated, saying it only “knows the claims made in an undercover forum” and that “actively investigates legitimacy.” for more details when available.
If this breach proves to be true and affects such a large number of T-Mobile customers, it could be a major problem for the company as it seeks to restore its reputation following a similar collapse in recent years, which occurred recently at the end of 2020 with more than 200,000 affected customers.
Samsung Galaxy S24 boosts Camera Lens Market in 2024: TrendForce Report
TrendForce’s latest report revealed that the smartphone camera lens market is expected to rebound in 2024, growing by 3.8% to reach about 4.22 billion units. This growth is driven by the increasing demand for AI-powered smartphones.
Samsung is a leader in the smartphone camera lens market with its Galaxy S24 series, which has the ProVisual Engine algorithm to optimize images. The market is also showing a shift towards higher resolution and more lenses for rear camera setups. The standard configuration is now 49MP to 64MP for primary lenses and three lenses for rear setups.
Moreover, hardware innovations such as periscopic lens modules, hybrid glass-plastic lenses, and APO lenses are enabling better color fidelity and imaging capabilities.
According to the report, another factor that is driving the market is the consumer preference for camera spec upgrades so brands are focusing on enhancing the specs of high-end models. For example, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has the Tetraprism zoom lens, which will be used by more iPhone 16 Pro models. Vivo’s Y200 smartphone has a 64MP main camera, whereas most brands have scaled down the camera specs for their entry-level models.
However, the market is also facing challenges like cost issues. Android brands have different solutions for mid-range and high-end models. The future depends on how brands and consumers balance cost and performance.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System at MWC 2024
At MWC 2024, Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System, AI Hub, commercial AI-enabled devices, and a FastConnect 7900 Mobile Connectivity system. Here let’s discuss the features and capabilities of Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful 5G modem for smartphones.
The Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System is said to be the world’s first 5G modem with fully integrated NB-NTN satellite communications support. It is equipped with a future-ready architecture to support 5G Advanced, the next era of 5G connectivity in the global 5G roadmap.
This new Snapdragon X80 5G Modem-RF System promises a Peak Download Speed of 10 Gbps and a Peak Upload Speed of 3.5 Gbps. It also boasts AI innovations for enhanced data speeds, latency, quality of service, coverage, location accuracy, and power efficiency.
Furthermore, operators can also benefit from its superior performance and flexibility, with features like 6x carrier aggregation and advanced spectrum utilization. Qualcomm says it has a tensor accelerator to power a few “AI” features, such as mmWave range extension.
Other improvements include a 30% boost in location accuracy, a reduction of 20% for best-cell selection time, 30% faster link acquisition, and 60% faster CPE service acquisition for mmWave connections and more. Furthermore, the devices with Snapdragon X80 are expected to be released in the latter half of 2024, so we can expect it in Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC.
Try Galaxy: Experience the Galaxy S24 series’ AI and camera features on all Android and iOS devices
If you are interested in the new AI-powered features and advanced camera tools of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series, you can now try them out on your device with the updated Try Galaxy app. The app, which was previously only available for iOS users, is now compatible with all Android devices, including Galaxy models.
The Try Galaxy app allows you to enjoy the look and feel of the Galaxy S24 home screen and One UI 6.1 interface. You can access tutorials and interactive content to learn how to use the new features, such as Live Translate, Note Assist, Chat Assist, Photo Assist, and Circle to Search with Google.
Moreover, you can also watch amazing videos of the Galaxy S24 series’ camera capabilities, such as Nightography Zoom, Super Steady, and Portrait mode.
Furthermore, the app introduces you to the Galaxy ecosystem, including the new Galaxy Themes, the Samsung Health app, and the latest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5.
Notably, the app is available on supported Android OS smartphones with the latest version of Chrome, but may not be perfectly optimized depending on device model, setting, screen size, etc. It also runs on Safari, on iPhone 7 and above with iOS 14 or higher.
The Try Galaxy app supports 20 languages in 120 countries and has over 18 million downloads worldwide. You can download the app by scanning a QR code or visiting trygalaxy.com.