Verizon’s breach comes on the heels of its inaugural Data Breach Digest offering earlier in March2016. (Image credit: https://twitter.com/sparkcomms/status/710043156025352192)
Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the Verizon unit that helps other businesses when data breaches occur, has had a data breach of its own to the tune of 1.5 million customers’ information, revealed in a report by security reporter Brian Krebs on March 24, 2016.
In the breaking news article published at KrebsOnSecurity.com, Krebs relates that just earlier in the week, a new thread was noted on an underground cybercrime forum revealing the sale of a Verizon Enterprise database containing the contact information of 1.5 million of its customers, all of whom are businesses in this database. The security breach occurred on the heels of Verizon Enterprise’s first Data Breach Digest released earlier this month.
The package of information, offered in various formats, was priced at $100,000, but smaller packages of 100,000 records were also available for $10,000 apiece. The data hackers also offered to sell information about Verizon Enterprise’s security vulnerabilities.
Verizon Enterprise returned an emailed statement to KrebsOnSecurity when contacted about the apparent breach of its client files: “Verizon recently discovered and remediated a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal. Our investigation to date found an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers. No customer proprietary network information (CPNI) or other data was accessed or accessible.”
Verizon did not share further information about how the breach occurred or how many customers would be receiving notification of the breach. The tech giant did say that only business accounts, not those of individual consumers, were part of the security breach.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is the IT security unit of Verizon Communications, the “go-to” company when many of the Fortune 500 companies experience their own data breaches. Verizon Enterprise bills itself as delivering services that include “deflecting sophisticated hacker attacks.”
This security breach of the Verizon Enterprise contact information for at least many of the businesses it serves may leave those affected by it vulnerable to phishing or other targeted attacks warns Krebs.
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