Last week, T-Mobile Austria customers received some terrible security news due to a series of unplanned customer service tweets that revealed that the company stored passwords in plain text, which is a major violation of basic practices of cybersecurity Today, the company finally freed itself and committed to immediately implement passwords, a crucial protection in the case of a violation.
"In the future, online passwords will be processed and processed, as it is considered the ultimate in security," a spokesperson told The Verge. "Other channels, including stores and call centers, will introduce additional security criteria, which will be implemented as quickly as possible."
Hashing is a industry-wide basic security practice, which allows systems to verify logins while protecting underlying passwords in case of non-compliance. Hash passwords can still be deciphered, but only through significant computing power, which gives platforms and users a crucial time to detect the hack and restore any compromised login. It is considered one of the basic tools of security login, so the news of last week is a major security error.
T-Mobile Austria is operated by Deutsche Telekom, a separate division of the company's US branch. There are no indications that similar practices were operating in the United States.