Over 14 million Verizon customers' data exposed

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According to a report by Los Angeles Times, Lieu said, "If anyone had that information they could go online and have access to your account, and your call log, etc".

Read the full report at ZDNet.

NICE Systems is the known company that offers a wide range of solutions including telephone voice recording, data security, and surveillance. The security hole was plugged by June 22. "Third-party vendor risk is business risk; sharing access to sensitive business data does not offload this risk, but merely extends it to the contracted partner, enabling cloud leaks to stretch across several continents and involve multiple enterprises".

Verizon seems to be denying that Nice ystems didn't first obtain approval from the company for using its customers data this way. That includes various details including names, street and email addresses, phone numbers, and PINs.

CNN is reporting that a third-party customer service company accidentally left the information of 6 million Verizon customers public. And, while you're at it, ask Verizon to do a little more about security. Apparently, one of NICE System's engineers working out of Ra'anana in Israel misconfigured the data repository, exposing millions of data points. However, Verizon said that this was done in error and wasn't intentional. The discovery was made by UpGuard on June 13, and they immediately informed Verizon.

The exposed records included information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and account verification PINs.

In a statement posted to its website, officials said an employee of one of Verizon's vendors put information into a cloud storage area, and incorrectly set the storage to allow external access.

UPDATE: Verizon has responded to the breach by saying no information was stolen. Hopefully nothing bad comes from this data exposure, but it sure would be nice if we could stop worrying these things after a leak or breach has already taken place. Last month, UpGuard discovered exposed personal information belonging to more than 198 million registered USA voters stored in an Amazon S3 bucket belonging to data firm Deep Root Analytics. If they have those, they can change devices associated with the phone numbers of the account, thereby hijacking those phone numbers, or make fraudulent purchases through customer service.

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