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Breaking News: Massive Verizon data breach - customer info stolen!

Breaking News: Massive Verizon data breach - customer info stolen!
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Here's what we know right about Verizon's massive data breach. The cellphone giant confirms that customer data has been stolen and is being sold online for $100,000.

"Verizon Enterprise Solutions recently discovered and fixed a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal," Verizon executives said in a statement. "Our investigation to date found that an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of enterprise customers."

Embarrassingly for Verizon, the data stolen is for customers of its data breach investigation unit. The stolen data includes contact information for those 1.5 million customers.

Verizon says more-sensitive personal information that it houses in its Customer Proprietary Network Information was not stolen. CPNI keeps records of the types of phone calls its customers make. It's shared with Verizon's marketing partners, unless customers opt out of the program.

Verizon said it is contacting people affected by the breach. They don't think data was stolen for individual customers.

The $100,000 deal for Verizon's 1.5 million customers' contact information was posted on an underground cybercrime website. The poster says they'll take $10,000 for pieces of its stolen Verizon information.

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