Hacker calls for $250,000 for Verizon information uncovered on-line – media — RT World Information


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Plagued with privateness scandals, the mobile phone firm denies hacker has delicate data

A hacker has allegedly stolen the worker information of lots of of Verizon employees, together with names, emails, cellphone numbers, and company ID numbers, Motherboard reported on Thursday. The outlet verified the database’s legitimacy by calling a number of of the numbers included.

The hacker claimed to have obtained the info by posing as inner help, satisfied an worker to allow distant entry, after which deployed a script that copied information from the focused laptop. 

“These workers are idiots and can let you hook up with their PC beneath the guise that you’re from inner help,” the hacker informed Motherboard after they initially made contact final week, describing how they stole the knowledge. They’d additionally reached out to Verizon, asking for $250,000 to maintain the database’s contents secret.

“Please be happy to reply with a suggestion to not leak you’re [sic] whole worker database,” they wrote.

Whereas the communications firm confirmed it had spoken with the person – whom they known as a “fraudster” slightly than a hacker – Verizon claimed the individual had no “delicate data” and mentioned they might not have interaction additional.

As a substitute, they praised their inner safety and insisted they’d “sturdy measures” in place to guard their individuals and programs. Nonetheless, on condition that a minimum of a few of the worker data is present, it nonetheless poses a hazard to prospects and employees alike from SIM swapping and social engineering assaults. Hackers might probably log in utilizing stolen credentials and pose as Verizon workers, convincing Verizon customers to show over their very own private data and spawning one other degree of fraud. 

Verizon has been suffering from hackers on each the worker and buyer ends not too long ago, with a plague of spoofed texts late final 12 months concentrating on customers from their very own Verizon cellphone numbers with “phishing” hyperlinks. Customers of the corporate’s Seen service additionally reported being hacked in October, an issue Verizon initially insisted didn’t exist earlier than shifting to blaming prospects for reusing passwords they’d used elsewhere.

As many as 14 million Verizon consumer data had been left unsecured on an Amazon server managed by Israeli firm Good Techniques in 2017, together with logs of shoppers who’d reached out to customer support, their mobile phone numbers and account PINs.

Verizon defended Good Techniques, insisting the insecure storage was an accident and claiming the one entry to the delicate information was by a researcher who introduced the safety breach to their consideration.

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