If this is correct, and it looks to be true, this is a big problem for Verizon Wireless. A hacker is saying that he grabbed 3 million plain-text customer records from Verizon Wireless. To prove that he is for real, he has already released 300,000 of the records.
The hacker, TibitXimer, seems to be a white hat hacker, because he says that he had gotten into the Verizon Wireless database on July 12, and has been attempting to contact the company since then to get them to respond to the fact that this sensitive information was stored in plain text, and why the security holes he used to gain access were never fixed. Since the company never responded, he has released 300,000 customer records as proof. The customer records include things like serial numbers, names, addresses, date they became a customer, password to their account, phone numbers, and more.
These records are 2.7% of Verizon’s 111.3 million customers in the U.S. I hope they acknowledge and fix this quickly.
Update: We were contacted by someone in the communications department from Verizon. Looks like our source had some bad info. Here is their statement:
The ZDNet story is inaccurate. This incident was reported to the authorities when we first learned of it months ago and an investigation was launched. Many of the details surrounding this incident are incorrect and exaggerated. No Verizon systems were breached, no root access was gained, and this incident impacted a fraction of the number of individuals being reported.
We take any and all attempts to violate consumer and customer privacy and security very seriously, so we notified individuals who could potentially have been impacted and took immediate steps to safeguard their information and privacy. Verizon has also notified law enforcement of this recent report as a follow-up to the original case.
So I guess Verizon is on top of it after all.
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