Report: 1.5 million Verizon customers hacked

Thursday, 24 Mar 2016 | 4:22 PM ETCNBC.com

A pedestrian talks on his cell phone while walking past the Verizon Communications Inc. headquarters in New York. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesA pedestrian talks on his cell phone while walking past the Verizon Communications Inc. headquarters in New York.

More than 1.5 million Verizon Enterprise customers had their contact information leaked on an underground cybercrime forum this week, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs.

A security vulnerability, now fixed, provided an opening for the attacker, the business-to-business arm of the mobile and telecom giant told KrebsoOnSecurity. The breach involved basic contact information, not propriety network information, the company told Krebs.

Prices of the customer data ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, Krebs reported.

Verizon, used by almost all Fortune 500 companies, is widely known for its cybersecurity prowess, and releases an annual report on avoiding cyberthreats, Krebs wrote.

Verizon told CNBC that impacted Verizon Enterprise customers are being notified, and no data about consumer customers was involved.

For the full story, read more at KrebsOnSecurity.com.

— CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero contributed to this report.

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