Securus, a phone geolocation service used mostly by police, has been the victim of a hack, according to Motherboard.
The hacker provided the stolen data to Motherboard, user names and passwords for thousands of Securus customers, Motherboard states.
The incident “signals the incredibly lax security of a company that is granting law enforcement exceptional power to surveil individuals,” Motherboard adds.
It notes that a U.S. Senator has called for an investigation into Securus.
The company has not responded to a query at deadline.
The company gathers phone location data from telcos, including AT&T, Sprnt, T-Mobile an Verizon, Motherboard adds, sourcing The New York Times.