Records for more than 1.5 million customers of the computer security wing of Verizon, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, appeared for sale earlier this week. An Israel-based company called Nice Systems, a Verizon partner, reportedly exposed as many as 14 million records of subscriber calls on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server.
Vishal Gupta, CEO of the security company Seclore, reports “With 99 percent of the Fortune 500 using Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the compromise of 1.5 million customers’ contact details could have a huge payday for hackers. Stealing contact information doesn’t have the immediate payoff of a credit card number, but in the long term can be extremely lucrative if leveraged correctly."
If you’re a Verizon customer and have used the customer service line in the last six months, we highly suggest you change the 4-digit billing password that protects your account.