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Hacker gains access to a Verizon employee database and extort $250,000 

Hacker gains access to a Verizon employee database and extort $250,000 

Hacker gains access to a Verizon employee database and extort $250,000 
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Verizon is dealing with a data breach in which a hacker gained access to a database including business employee information, including complete names, ID numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers. The information is authentic, according to Motherboard, since an unidentified hacker contacted them last week and they were able to verify the data by contacting some of the numbers.

The hacker informed Motherboard over chat, “These employees are idiots.” The hacker is asking for $250,000 in return for not exposing the material, and has contacted Verizon.

A Verizon spokeswoman confirmed the event to Motherboard, said, “A fraudster recently contacted us threatening to release readily available employee directory information in exchange for payment from Verizon. We do not believe the fraudster has any sensitive information and we do not plan to engage with the individual further. As always, we take the security of Verizon data very seriously and we have strong measures in place to protect our people and systems.”

According to the hacker, they obtained the database by using social engineering to get remote access to a Verizon employee’s computer. According to the hacker’s claim, they pretended to be internal support, persuaded the Verizon employee into granting remote access, and then ran a script that copied data from the computer.

The stolen information might still be dangerous. If you’ve ever had to call a carrier for help, you’ve probably dealt with the various departments responsible for activating your SIM card. If a fictitious hacker appears as an employee and spoofs their phone number with one from the database, they might utilise social engineering to commit SIM swapping fraud.

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Over the years, attackers have used this tactic to steal bitcoin or get access to social media accounts through carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T, including one belonging to former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

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