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T-Mobile Employee Arrested for Trying to Sell Customer Data

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T Mobile's Czech subsidiary came close to suffering a massive data breach following actions by an employee of the company.

Local media reported that an employee attempted to sell the details of 1.5 million customers to fraudsters, but that the attempt was detected before the customer account details were handed over.

"Unfortunately, we have to confirm that client data were stolen and sold," T-Mobile spokeswoman Martina Kemrova told the local newspaper, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

T-Mobile did not elaborate how much information the employee -- understood to be based in the IT department -- was able to access.

Although he was able to download the data, he then attempted to sell it to a buyer who happened to be a T-Mobile business partner, who immediately informed the mobile network of the data loss.

The suspect was arrested.

It's thought to be the largest such customer data breach in the country.

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