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Verizon Swats Bug (Finally)

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7/25/2003

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has finally fixed a security hole in its text messaging service, but not before the discoverers of the bug, ThreeZee Technologies Inc., threatened and eventually went public with the problem (see Verizon Bug Allows Txt Msg Tapping).

ThreeZee, a security research startup based in Bridgeton, New Jersey, found a flaw in Verizon’s text messaging service that allowed users of the service to easily view mass lists of SMS messages sent to Verizon cellular customers, including the telephone number and the text of the message.

ThreeZee notified the RBOC about the bug a month ago, but Verizon failed to acknowledge the problem until the startup issued a press release about it today.

"We called Verizon and sent many emails, but we had no response from them... We told them, if they worked with us, we’d hold off on going public with the information," says Mike Kristovich, security researcher at ThreeZee.

Intrigued? For the rest of this story, follow the link to our sister site, Boardwatch.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

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