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Credit reporting agency Experian on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 said that hackers accessed the social security numbers, birthdates and other personal information belonging to about 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers. T-Mobile uses Experian to check the credit of its customers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Bloomberg) — T-Mobile US Inc. and the U.S. unit of credit-tracking firm Experian Plc are facing a growing list of lawsuits after hackers gained access to personal data on 15 million T-Mobile customers held on Experian servers.

The hack, revealed Oct. 1, exposed millions of Americans to potential identity theft, forcing T-Mobile customers to take costly actions to protect themselves from fraud, according to complaints filed as soon as a day later. By Wednesday, at least five such suits were under way against both companies. A sixth named only Experian.

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