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1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers hacked, info sold on Dark Net

Startling report uncovers a massive breach.


William Turton


Posted on Mar 25, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:07 am CDT

The contact information of 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise Solutions customers is being sold on the Dark Net, according to a report by independent journalist Brian Krebs. 

In a statement to Krebs, Verizon confirmed the breach, but didn’t offer specifics on how many customers were effected or the nature of the hack. 

“Verizon recently discovered and remediated a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal,” Verizion told KrebsOnSecurity.com. “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.”

Now the contact information is being sold on a “closely guarded underground cybercrime forum.” As KrebsOnSecurity.com notes:

The seller priced the entire package at $100,000, but also offered to sell it off in chunks of 100,000 records for $10,000 apiece. 

With the contact information of highly valuable Verizon Enterprise Solutions customers, an attacker could launch a massive phishing campaign, potentially tricking someone into giving up their username and password. 

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2016, 5:58 pm CDT