Did you get a Valentine's Day text message on November 7?
Syniverse helps deliver text messages via its intercarrier messaging service and boasts that it is "Connected to more than 300 operators" and processes 600 billion messages per month.
(Update: Syniverse later acknowledged that the actual number of late messages was higher, but isn't saying exactly how many there were.
"The texts appeared to be sent or received from cellphones with different operating systems and a wide range of carriers, including Sprint, T-Mobile, AT, and Verizon," the Post noted yesterday.
That structure has the potential to create a number of privacy and security issues when a third-party vendor encounters glitches or has its data compromised.
In short, a Syniverse server failed on February 14, 2019, causing messages that were in the queue to go undelivered.