The entire database was sold for $100,000, but the hackers also sold increments of 100k customer details for $10k. Who ever was interested could also purchase information about security vulnerabilities in Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Web site. Surrounding the recent hack the company made the following statement: “Verizon Enterprise Solutions recently discovered and fixed a security vulnerability on our enterprise client portal. Our investigation to date found an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers.”
However, according to the company no data about consumer customers was involved in the leak. Every year Verizon Enterprise Solutions writes one of the most widely-read data breach investigation reports. This latest hack goes to show that not even those who report about the latest security vulnerabilities are not safe from such attacks that involve exploits. The compromise of 1.5 million customers’ contact details could have a huge payday for hackers especially considering the fact that 99 percent of the Fortune 500 are using Verizon Enterprise Solutions. The leak of the contact information most likely didn’t generate an immediate payoff of a credit card number, but in the long term such information can prove to be extremely lucrative if leveraged correctly.