Multiple iPhone and Android users are being warned about hackers who steal personal information and hijack phone numbers via SIM exchangers.
Criminals gained access to the last four numbers of hundreds of Verizon prepaid customer credit cards, I mentioned the record.
It is not clear how they got to this information, whether through a hack on Verizon or another source.
But with these details, pirates They had access to at least 250 of the customer’s personal details.
This includes your “name, phone number, billing address, rate plans, and other information related to the Service.”
Armed with these details, the criminals performed the SIM swaps by transferring the customer’s phone number to a separate phone as well, so whenever the customer receives messages, the hacker will also get them.
The only way customers will know they have been hacked is by receiving a one-time security code message.
This message indicates that the hacker has requested to change or access the customer’s account.
The FBI has warned that hackers could use a swap SIM to steal millions from cryptocurrency accounts.
Verizon reported that about 250 people were affected during a breach at the beginning of October, according to The Register.
The company also send a message to their clients to let them know the situation and the basics of what might happen.
“Between October 6 and October 10 2022, a third party gained access to the last four digits of the credit card used to make automatic payments on your account,” they explained in the document.
“Using the last four digits of that credit card, the third party was able to access your Verizon account and may have processed an unauthorized SIM change on the prepaid line that received the SMS linking to this notification,” the company continued.
Verizon also reassured customers that only the last four digits of their credit card numbers were taken, although they advised resetting at Account Security Measures Such as security questions and passwords.
The FBI has previously warned phone companies against SIM swapping
In 2021, the FBI reported over 1,000 SIM swap complaints that resulted in a staggering $68 million loss.
From 2018 to 2020, complaints were just over $300 with a loss of $12 million.
That’s an increase of $56 million.
Once again, SIM swap thieves have access to customers’ calls, texts, and other data, which then allows them to request a one-time text verification reset.
If the original user responds to this message, the criminal will be granted blanket access to any apps and accounts associated with the phone.
A man recently won a SIM swap case where $24 million was stolen from a 15-year-old boy, per New York Post.
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