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Contact information for 1.5M Verizon customers stolen, posted for sale

By Amy R. Connolly   |   March 25, 2016 at 11:34 AM
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NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- Hackers stole information for 1.5 million Verizon Communications customers and put it up for sale on an underground cybercrime forum this week.

The hackers priced the information at $100,000, but also offered to sell it in lots of 100,000 records for $10,000 each, Krebs On Security reported. Verizon said the security flaw allowed the hackers to access customer contact information. The company said no customer proprietary network information, or CPNI data, was accessed or accessible.

CPNI is information that carriers collect when providing telecommunications services, including the time, date, duration and destination number of each call.

"Our investigation to date found an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers," the company said.

Verizon said the security flaw has been repaired. The company is notifying customers.

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