3 million Verizon accounts stolen - Q&A with the person claiming to be behind it


A report surfaced today that Verizon Wireless, a premier mobile carrier in the United States has been breached, with a result of three million customers being compromised. The good news is that the compromise does not seem to be malicious. The bad news is that, as proof of this, 300,000 users' data was released.

While the number may seem large, it represents a small fraction of the company's user base. Still, any customer information released into the wild is bad. So how did this happen and how bad is it?

For that I went to the source and contacted the unidentified person who claims to be behind this. What follows is a brief Q&A I carried out with him or her. (Note that the hack took place on July 12th, but information has just been released.)