Let this be a Warning: Don’t Make the Same Mistake as Verizon Did

You wouldn’t leave your front door wide open at night or when leaving the house – it would be asking for trouble, right? It’s important to think of your data in the cloud in the same fashion. If you use cloud storage, it means your data is “housed in the cloud”. If you aren’t careful, you could be leaving the door wide open, inviting a hacker in!

In the recent Verizon leak, we see how one simple, careless mistake can cost so much. Due to the fact that a third party engineer set up the AWS storage to allow external access, they invited hackers in to view customers’ sensitive information.

Luckily, Verizon was protected by Upguard, a cyber risk firm, who caught the mistake during a search for data exposures. They let Verizon know in June and the situation took a week to resolve. Verizon and Upguard have stated that they do not believe that anyone accessed the data. However, it is unfortunate that 14 million customer accounts were vulnerable and we can’t really be certain that no one saw it. The leaked¬†information included names, phone numbers, addresses, account balances and most importantly, account personal identification numbers (PIN). With access to customer PIN numbers, a hacker could call in to Verizon posing as a customer and gain access to their account.. giving them access to much more sensitive data.

The moral of the story here is, do not leave the door open! Do not invite the hackers in. No matter how sophisticated your security system is, hackers will find that open door if you leave it for them. Let this be a wake up call!

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