Verizon is a Manhattan-based multinational telecommunications provider. In English? Verizon sells phones and data plans that make them usable. While the company is headquartered in New York, it's incorporated in Deleware.
The breach was a hack to the internal Verizon system that housed the last four digits of credit card numbers. The hacker then gained access to other parts of the accounts, such as emails, launched phishing attacks, and attempted to steal additional sensitive information. So far, there is no evidence that such attacks were successful.
Verizon has not yet disclosed the attack method, although it alerted customers of the breach far faster than most companies. For many companies, it can take a few months to finish the investigation and know who was affected and what information was taken. The Verizon breach was released a few days after the breach occurred, shining the company in an incredibly positive light.
This breach occurred between October 6th and October 10th, 2022.
The breach affects only a few hundred people, all prepaid Verizon customers. We know that when we say “only a few hundred,” it sounds like a joke, but we assure you, it’s not. Verizon serves millions of people each year; if the hack affects only a handful of those, our hats are off to Verizon’s security team.
The breach affects about 250 files. Now, while it is a minimal number compared to many hacks we see all the time, it is not one to be taken lightly.