My FiOS poses a threat to confidential user information
My FiOS is a user application used for managing emails and scheduling calendars for individual accounts. A senior software developer, who had set out to a research on one of Verizon's applications, stumbled upon this flaw. This mistake in the Android version was a problem that required immediate security measures.
Verizons My FiOS is an Android app that requires a phone or tablet running Android 2.3 or a higher version. This super interactive and useful application is available for both FiOS users and residential customers. Their features include handling, emails, messages, voice calls and view call logs. Even tasks like bill payment, management of billing history and auto billing services are available for this application. Users can customize it the way they want to handle their Verizon accounts and services. Therefore, this applications features vary as per users usage. Now imagine an application with such confidential data and information being exposed to a network. Its bound to cause an uproar, raise questions and receive plenty of criticism.
This dangerous breach in security allowed attackers to access peoples individual Verizon account and go through their emails and messages. They even had access to send emails from the hacked user account. The defect was discovered upon strict monitoring of servers between My FiOS and Verizon by the software developer. Although, this was a flaw in the applications API, the confusion between substituting different user ids caused a lot of flak for this application. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the professional staff at Verizon handled the situation in an utmost professional manner. They have even offered a one-year free internet service from FiOS. If you still want to use this application, you can go ahead and download it as the issues seem to have been resolved!