Verizon Wireless has just announced a massive data leak. An estimated 14 million Verizon customers’ information could have been leaked. Customer information such as names, addresses, account details and PIN numbers were unprotected and available to anyone who knew where to look.
The security risk was reported on June 8, but wasn’t corrected until June 22.
That doesn’t mean that the leak lasted only two weeks. No one knows how long protected information was compromised before it was discovered.
Chris Vickery of UpGuard reported the security breach after he discovered a database of Verizon customers on a cloud server account belonging to a Verizon subcontractor. It was unprotected and could have been accessed by anyone who knew where to look.
No matter who is to blame for the breach of security, the fact is, it took Verizon 2 weeks to correct the problem.
The personal information of approximately 14 million people was at risk for a 2 week period while Verizon tried to figure out what to do.
Federalist Papers Project reports:
Verizon Wireless has announced a massive data leak of customers’ private information, putting millions of Verizon users at risk.
An estimated 14 million Verizon customers’ information could have been leaked. Private information such as names, address, account details and personal ID numbers were left unprotected and available to anyone seeking that info.