TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Verizon Web Site Flaw Allowed Record Access

Verizon Web Site Flaw Allowed Record Access

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 12 Aug 2005 22:42:36 -0400

NEW YORK --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

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

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