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14 Million Verizon Customers Compromised
Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, has discovered more sensitive information exposed on an unprotected “bucket” on an Amazon AWS server. This time it includes the names, phone numbers, and account PINs of some 14 million Verizon customers.
This is a major risk that comes with using cloud services. Uploading documents that are not encrypted and not have encryption at rest on the cloud server create breach and reportable conditions.
How does this affect you?
This information will allow hackers to immitate Verizon, in most aspects, which will be used to create very well crafted phishing attacks which can result in fraud or worse. Use extreme caution if you receive anything that appears to come from Verzion. You can always avoid falling for these scams by never responding to or clicking on anything in an Email. If you get an Email from Verizon, always log on to your account as any messages sent to you from Verizon will be reflected inside your account. Go to the link that you have for your account and do not click on any links in the Email.
Further, a password and PIN number change is probably in order.