Six Million Verizon Users' Data Leaked Online

by Fredrick Graves July 14, 2017, 0:20
Six Million Verizon Users' Data Leaked Online

Another day, another security breach: researchers at UpGuard have revealed that Verizon suffered a fairly massive data leak, exposing personal information on millions of customers.

Verizon has, as is the norm, launched an investigation into the breach, looking at how customer data was improperly stored on the AWS server.

Read the full report at ZDNet.

UpGuard, the company that discovered the problem, said that exposed text files were from calls made between January 1 and June 22 of this year. This seems to happen fairly frequently too, as the recent leak of voter data as well as the WWE leak from last week were a result of similar goof ups. In some cases, account pin numbers used to verify callers' identities were also exposed, O'Sullivan said.

CNN is reporting that a third-party customer service company accidentally left the information of 6 million Verizon customers public.

What you may not know is that you are not actually speaking to Verizon directly.

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Employed to help channel customer service calls, Nice botched a simple cloud server security setting, making customer data public to anyone with a link.

UpGuard alerted Verizon to the error on June 13; it was corrected June 22.

Hackers will be able to use the PIN codes to easily gain access to online accounts that are protected by two-factor authentication, which is a security measure that confirms the actions of users by sending a code to their mobile phone number.

Verizon said a "limited amount of personal information" had been left open to external access, as well as additional information that "had no external value".

In a blog post published Wednesday, UpGuard said one of its researchers discovered a misconfigured internet-connected database on June 8 containing a trove of data related to Verizon users, including customers' names, addresses and phone numbers in addition to the unique PINs used to protect the accounts.

"When an attacker has enough information about their target - gathered either through social engineering or from data breaches- they will contact the phone carrier and have the phone SIM card swapped to a new device". He is the person who exposed various data sets in past. "The fact that no data may have been downloaded doesn't minimize the risk of instances such as this", said John Gunn, chief marketing office for VASCO Data Security.

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