One of the Most Popular Companies in America Hacked, Millions of Customers At Risk

July 12, 2017Jul 12, 2017

A scary new data leak has just taken place at one of the nation’s largest cell phone providers. Verizon Wireless has announced that due to a third-party cloud server issue, a massive data leak has taken place.

As many as 14 million Verizon customers could be at risk for having their personal information compromised. The leaked information includes names, address, account details and personal identification numbers.

The leak "exposed the names, addresses, account details, and account personal identification numbers (PINs) of as many as 14 million US customers of telecommunications carrier Verizon, per analysis of the average number of accounts exposed per day in the sample that was downloaded.”

According to The Hill, Chris Vickery of UpGuard reported the breach after he discovered a database of Verizon customers on a cloud server account of a Verizon subcontractor in a way that could be accessed by anyone who knew where to look for it.

The breach reportedly occurred in June. It was reported on June 8 and was rescued on June 22.

The firm that first notified Verizon, UpGuard, said that “the prospect of a host of your applications and digital accounts being compromised from one third-party vendor’s exposure of data is not science fiction, but the unfortunate reality of cyber risk today,” the report concluded.

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