Hacker says he grabbed 3 million plain-text customer records from Verizon Wireless

Hacker says he grabbed 3 million plain-text customer records from Verizon Wireless
This is a pretty big security problem for Verizon Wireless if it turns out to be true, and from the first look, it definitely looks like it is legitimate. A hacker is saying that he grabbed 3 million plain-text customer records from Verizon Wireless, and to prove his claim, he has already released 300,000 of the records he obtained.

The hacker goes by the name TibitXimer, and he doesn't seem to be in for anything malicious. He looks to be a white hat hacker, because he says that he had gotten into the Verizon Wireless database on July 12, and has been attempting to contact the company since then to get them to respond to the fact that such sensitive information was stored in plain text, and why the security holes he used to gain access were never fixed. The company never responded, so he has released 300,000 customer records as proof that his claims are real. The customer records include serial numbers, names, addresses, date they became a customer, password to their account, phone numbers, and more. 

The number of private customer records TibitXimer took represents around 2.7% of Verizon's 111.3 million customers in the U.S. He released 300,000 records because the records were organized by region, and that amount represented one region. No word yet from Verizon on the leak, or the security issues displayed. 

source: ZDNET

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22 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

S****....

2. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Verizon better get on this. They always preach about a secure network for phones yet can't keep their customers info private. Smh

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

VZW had better get on this ASAP. No action after public notice generally falls under the category of willful and malicious disregard of customer data. Can we say class action lawsuit?

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Title says: "Hacker says he grabbed 3 million plain-text customer records from Verizon Wireless" And at the bottom of article we can see: "Learn More about Verizon pre-owned phones (sponsored)" Negative article about Verizon + Advertisement for Verizon = WTF??? I just don't know what to say. LOL! :D

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Keyword relevance doesn't always win, I guess

4. rb68

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 23, 2010

Verizon doesn't give a F*** about its customers or their info, just how much money can be sucked out of them each month. The lack of response shows the CYA attitude until someone can figure out how to monetize "better security".

7. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

They better act, or I'm f****** leaving! Tired of their b.s.

21. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Oops! See it's the FiOS & Verizon so said its not their customers. Cool, but still they're out for money, but dammit, I need Americas best nationwide coverage as a trucker. Rock & a hard place.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

verizon needs to pay this man or else someone with a "real" motive wont be so nice! smh its really a shame how companies can have their noses so high up in the air that they wont believe you when you are trying to help them out and save them from something bad...... if they dont respond to this man then i truly hope they get whats coming to them........i dont wish harm on the innocent customers but somthing must be done to bring their pride down to HUMAN LEVEL!

9. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

These big corps always do this, then when the attack happens they try to scramble to get it fixed. If a bomb threat is made, they evacuate the place to find it. When an online attack happens, the big corps play it off until exposed information is leaked and lawsuits start.

10. PhoneBone

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Phonearena....Do you guys research the stuff you post before you post it? While this is obviously a serious issue, it has nothing at all to do with Verizon Wireless. If you read the actual article that you link to, or check out the guys Twitter account that you mention, you would see that these are Verizon FIOS accounts and not Verizon Wireless mobile phone accounts. Posting this on a site dedicated to phones will just get other people who don't actually read or research articles all worked up. The next thing you know, everyone starts freaking out at Verizon Wireless and calling up to complain. Verizon Wireless was not affected by this hacker.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

actually, the original article was updated after p.a. did this article - so Michael just needs to update the story.

11. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Oh dear heavens, my true iDentity will be revealed.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You get what you overpay for. There's something to be said for burner phones

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Michael, update your article, please.

17. greenrolaids

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

just changed my verizon password.. YALL SHOULD TOO !

18. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

So I wonder if the a-holes that left comments about Verizon WIRELESS & how they should get their s*** together actually feel stupid right about now lol. Sometimes it pays not to complain people...smh

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not really (about feeling stupid). If PA would allow editing/updating of a post, I could simply change VZW to Verizon and my post would be completely relevant. Hey PA, how about it (allowing a post author to edit their posts longer than 120 seconds after saving)?

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

verizon give us all a discount. 20 dollars off the next 10 years

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If you read the original articles it is info on Verizon FioS customers, I believe.

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