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

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. 

Photo via Mike Mozart/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.