T-Mobile reported a breach that compromised customer data – the company’s fourth in three years – raises questions about whether the mobile carrier's massive merger with Sprint left the combined company more vulnerable.

Indeed, when companies merge, particularly sizable ones, the integration of technology systems and networks can often introduce new security considerations.

“The volume of attacks and successful attacks against wireless carriers continues to rise. In this particular case, one has to wonder if it is related to the merging of two titans,” said Brandon Hoffman, chief information technology officer at Netenrich, who noted the string of successful attacks against T-Mobile as well as Sprint’s own “series of issues” over the past year.

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