An Israeli technology company has exposed millions of Verizon customer records. As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phone giant's customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of Nice Systems, a Ra'anana, Israel-based company.
he data was downloadable by anyone with the easy-to-guess web address. Nice, which counts 85 of the Fortune 100 as customers, plays in two main enterprise software markets: customer engagement and financial crime and compliance including tools that prevent fraud and money laundering.Read more
If the death of online privacy rules wasn't enough for Internet Service Providers and advertisers to celebrate, Verizon has planned to pre-install spyware on customers' Android devices in order to collect their personal data.
The telecom giant has partnered with Evie Launcher to bring a new application called 'AppFlash' — a universal search bar that will come pre-installed on the home screens of all Verizon Android handsets for quickly finding apps and web content. AppFlash is simply a Google search bar replacement, but instead of collecting and sending telemetry data including what you search, handset, apps and other online activities to Google, it will send to Verizon.Read more
An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers.
The company is taking advantage of a hidden un-deletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers’ habits on their smartphones and tablets. It uses the Verizon number to re-spawn tracking cookies that users have deleted.The company’s zombie cookie comes amid a controversy about a new form of tracking the telecom industry has deployed to shadow mobile phone users.Read more
AT&T says it has stopped using a controversial mobile technology that could be misused by advertising networks to track online users regardless of their wishes. Until last week, the company had been inserting a unique identifier in web traffic sent by phones and other devices on its wireless network.
It was doing this as part of a test program, which has now been stopped. Privacy advocates hate these unique identifiers, because there’s no way to turn them off. That means that they can be used by advertising networks to circumvent privacy tools such as do-not-track lists or private browsing settings.Read more