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Over 6 million of Verizon Wireless customer data has been affected due security lapse

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: A Verizon store is seen April 21, 2011 in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Verizon announced today that it activated 2.2 million iPhones during the first quarter, helping the company more than triple its profit from a year ago. The company reported earnings of $1.4 billion on revenue of $27 billion for the quarter. Profit grew more than three-fold from the $443 million the telecom company earned during the same period last year. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Verizon wireless recently informed their clients regarding the data security breach that was caused by one of their partner called Nice system. Nice system has been working with Verizon wireless in managing their customer service call reports. Nice uses an Amazon S3 server to store customer information. Customers who have called Verizon wireless in last six months have been affected by this breach.

Information compromised by this breach include client name, address, mobile number, account balance, email and their account pin code. Exposed data was found by a security researcher who notified Verizon on June 13th and was secured within a week. After the major data breach at Target and Home Depot, many firms created policies and procedures to safe guard client data. However, this example shows we still have a lot of work to do in this area.