1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customer records have been stolen and are being sold on a popular criminal hacking forum, according to reporting from investigative blogger Brian Krebs.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is a telecom giant’s B2B division and provides IT services to large enterprises, including 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Ironically, Verizon Enterprise is a major provider of managed security services, including data breach protection services.
According to Krebs’s reporting, a trusted seller on an unnamed online criminal form is asking $100,000 for the full package of 1.5 million records but has also offered to sell the stolen goods piecemeal for the bargain price of $10,000 per 100,000 records. The seller is also offering buyers the option to purchase information about security vulnerabilities in Verizon’s website. When purchased, stolen records will come in MongoDB format.
When asked for comment, Verizon Enterprize told KrebsOnSecurity that the company “recently discovered and remediated a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal,” and is currently notifying affected customers. According to a the emailed statement, Verizon’s investigation found that an attacker had “obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers,” but had not accessed customer proprietary network information (CPNI).
For cybercriminals, this kind of information is highly useful. Criminals can use stolen personal information to create convincing phishing messages—often the first stage of an attack, as in the case of the OPM breach, where attackers obtained access to a federal network by using a contractor’s stolen credentials, and then escalating their privileges and planting a backdoor in the network.
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