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Verizon Security Incident Exposes 14 Million Subscribers

Personal data on more than 14 million Verizon customers have reportedly been exposed in an incident that highlights the need to strengthen data protection practices in the cloud.

The security lapse, discovered by research firm UpGuard, involved technology supplier Nice Systems, which left Verizon customer data unprotected on an Amazon Web Services S3 storage instance. The data contained names, phone numbers and PINs that could be used to access Verizon accounts.

It was not clear whether hackers had actually accessed the data on the estimated 14 million subscribers, more than 10 percent of Verizon's total 108 million subscribers. The affected subscribers were primarily those who called Verizon customer service in the past six months, according to the report.

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