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Verizon leak a reminder to businesses: safeguard your cloud data

Businesses everywhere, beware—what happened at Verizon can happen to you, too. The names, addresses, phone numbers and in some cases, security PINs of 6 million Verizon customers stored on large cloud-computing servers were made available to the public, the telecommunications carrier said this week after a cybersecurity company notified it of the exposed data. Verizon chalked the leak up to human error, saying it was because an employee of NICE Systems, one of its contractors that it uses to analyze its customer service response, made a mistake. No customer information was stolen, Verizon said, and it apologized to its customers. Still, the risk was clear: A criminal who discovered the data could have used or sold the identifying infor ...