8/12/2005

Verizon Web Site Flaw Allowed Record Access

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:25 am

Verizon Wireless customers who signed up for online billing services were able to peek at some details of others’ accounts due to a Web site programming error that was caught by a customer and fixed this week, a company spokesman said Thursday.

The flaw allowed customers who punched in another user’s phone number to see how many airtime minutes that person had used, as well as the number of free minutes they had remaining for the month, spokesman Tom Pica said. Snoopers could also learn what cell phone model a customer used.

All users who registered to use the “My Account” system were affected by the glitch, which could have been in place for as long as five years, Pica told The Associated Press. It did not appear that anyone had taken advantage of the error to pry into individual accounts, he said.

Source: AP

 

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