Verizon may have a problem on their hands, but it’s not as big as initially thought. A hacker has claimed that he tried to contact Verizon about a security hole, but when they didn’t respond, he decided to take actions into his own hands. He claims he obtained and released 300,000 records of customer data to prove his point, which includes all the info from your account (including the password).
Verizon responds denying most of it. First of all, they say that the breach didn’t happen for Verizon Wireless customers, but FiOS customers. They also said that their systems were not breached and that no one had gained root access. The next thing they did was play the blame game, saying that it was a marketing firm that actually allowed the information to be released. Why a marketing firm had Verizon account passwords, we don’t know, but Verizon is taking appropriate action, informing those who are affected and reporting this incident to the FBI. Here are some official statements from Verizon:
We reported this incident 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.
Nonetheless, we notified individuals who could potentially have been impacted and took immediate steps to safeguard their information and privacy. Verizon has also notified the FBI of this recent report as a follow-up to the original case.
There was no hack, and no access gained. A third party marketing firm made a mistake and information was copied. As for wireless v. wired customers, some of the individuals listed were Verizon customers who are not wireless customers but wired/wireline customers or prospective customers.
If you’ve been affected, you should definitely change your password. Hopefully not many were affected, as Verizon stated that it’s been overblowm and exaggerated. If any of you received word from Verizon about this, be sure to leave a comment!