Israeli technology firm Up Guard says its cyber security team found a misconfigured cloud-based file repository containing the names, addresses, account details, and account personal identification numbers of millions of Verizon customers.The firm came to this number after analyzing the average number of accounts exposed per day in the sample that was downloaded.
The vast majority of successful cyber-attacks in 2014 used known vulnerabilities that were at least a year old – with some of them dating back to 1999, according to the latest Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).
Verizon is calling on organisations to urgently improve their patch management in response, saying its findings “demonstrate the need for all those stinking patches on all your stinking systems”.
As part of the rebranding that the Baby Bells took in the mid-1990s, all of the operating companies assumed the Bell Atlantic name.
In 1997, Bell Atlantic expanded into New York and the New England states by merging with fellow Baby Bell NYNEX.
Bell Atlantic, the surviving company, changed its name to "Verizon", a portmanteau of , Verizon is one of three companies that had their roots in the former Baby Bells.