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Verizon responds to breach that affected millions of customer accounts

Verizon responds to breach that affected millions of customer accounts

The data, according to the report, was downloadable by anyone with the easy-to-guess web addresses.

It appears securing data in the cloud, specifically Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud, is hard for some companies given the frequency in which cybersecurity researcher Chris Vickery is revealing his discoveries.

"If you called Verizon customer support during the past six months", reported Forbes, "change your PIN".

Each of the 6 million vulnerable records included the customer name, mobile number, and account PIN. The Verizon data that NICE had access to was stored on a publicly-accessible server, and could be downloaded by anyone who came across the page either on objective or accidentally. That's when you find yourself reading yet another headline about an information leak that affects millions of people.

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. Hackers could then take the phone numbers and PINs and use them to impersonate the Verizon user on customer care phone calls, transferring service or cutting off service altogether.

The 3rd party vendor who exposed the data was Nice Systems, a company that Verizon and a whole bunch of other Fortune 100 companies work with.

The Cyber Risk Team of UpGuard, dedicated to finding and patching up data exposures online, found that the unprotected sever contained Verizon account information that included names, addresses, phone numbers, and most importantly, PIN codes. "Companies like Verizon must put policies in place that require third-party vendors like Nice to adequately protect any customer data that touches the cloud", he said.

UpGuard also claims that they contacted Verizon about the data breach on June 13th, but that the customer records remained publicly available until June 22nd. Prior to then, however, UpGuard said the information could have easily been discovered by anyone knowing where to look.

Whether or not this was done on objective remains to be seen as a spokesperson for Verizon says that they are investigating the matter.

Verizon confirmed through CNN that the personal data of 6 million customers was leaked online. The security hole was closed on June 22, according to UpGuard's report.

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