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AT&T sues three former employees over secret phone-unlocking scheme

If you wanted to unlock an AT&T phone in 2013, Swift Unlocks had you covered. The company would sell unlock codes for anything from an iPhone to a Fire Phone, letting AT&T customers wriggle out of their contracts long before the subsidy was paid off. All you had to do was pay a fee anywhere from $10 to $150 and Swift Unlocks would send along the necessary unlock codes. The only question was, how did they get them?

According to a new lawsuit from AT&T, it was an inside job. The company has taken legal action against Swift Unlocks and three former AT&T employees for a six-month scheme that allegedly saw hundreds of thousands of unlock codes funneled out of company computers. The company first noticed the scheme when it saw a...

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