The personal data of some 6 million Verizon customers was recently left unprotected online. Thankfully, it appears that the issue was discovered and rectified internally before a data breach occurred. Still, Verizon customers might want to change their security PINs to be on the safe side.
The unprotected database was hosted by an Israeli-based partner of Verizon, Nice. It handled incoming customer service enquiries for Verizon. As such, the database contained the records of some 6 million Verizon customers who had contacted customer service in the last 6 months. The data included customer names, phone numbers, account PINs, home addresses, email addresses, and account balances.
In Verizon’s own words:
“an employee of one of our vendors put information into a cloud storage area and incorrectly set the storage to allow external access.”
In its statement, Verizon went on to be very clear and say:
“there has been no loss…
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