It’s been a long holiday week for Verizon PR and Cyber War News regarding the massive leak we mentioned a few days ago. Verizon has been busy spreading the word of what really happened and Cyber War News has been sifting through the data to figure out some of the details. In the end both appeared to have come to the same conclusion – the leak is old. Verizon already knew about it way back in August and they are continuing to investigate the incident. Here’s the full response the Verizon rep sent us.
The ZDNet story is inaccurate. We take any attempts to violate consumer and customer privacy and security very seriously. This incident was reported to the authorities when we first learned of it months ago and an investigation was launched. Many of the details surrounding this incident are incorrect and exaggerated. No Verizon systems were breached, no root access was gained, and this incident impacted a fraction of the number of individuals being reported. Nonetheless, we notified individuals who could potentially have been impacted and took immediate steps to safeguard their information and privacy. Verizon has also notified law enforcement of this recent report as a follow-up to the original case.
Meanwhile Cyber War News also did a follow-up post that detailed the Who, When, and Why of the breach.
A few days ago the media went wild with reports that 3 million Verizon WiFi accounts had been accessed and leaked, well this was very falsely reported in many ways.
First lets start with TibitXimer who has since either closed down or changed names of the twitter account, they claimed they had hacked Verizon and obtained this data on the some time around the 22nd and had contacted ZDNet to give an exclusive.
Since then i have been contacted by a hacker who i followed closely this year (c0mrade) while they were doing some very high profile attacks and caused a lot of controversy that made many headlines throughout the cyber security world.
They had contacted me and stated that this data was actually obtained early August 2012 and that Verizon already knew about this and the fact the data was actually up for sale way back in august on a Russian forum.
Today’s post pic is from EconTech.com. See ya!