Last year we had the massive hacking of the Sony PlayStation Network that was the biggest of its kind for 2011. Now today we have some worrying news as Zappos and GAME have been targeted by hackers with millions affected.
We have just had the busy holiday season that saw online shopping hitting record levels, but one concern with this type of shopping can be fraud. Now according to a report on PCMag retailer Zappos has been breached by hackers. CEO Tony Hsieh took to Twitter last night to reveal the hacking, and said the company had parts of their “internal network and systems” breeched at servers in Kentucky.
Hsieh added that the database that contained customer’s online payment and credit information was not accessed. But there may have been some important information accessed and the company will be sending out emails to its 24 million customers.
This will warn customers about the breech and stresses that some unauthorized access may have happened to their account. This could include the name, email address, billing and shipping information, phone number, and even the last four numbers of their credit card number. This does usually appear on receipts for goods purchased in stores though.
Zappos is going to automatically expire user’s passwords and advises customers to create new ones. Maybe not so big but just as worrying is the news that UK retailer GAME has seen its user database hacked. Criminals have managed to get hold of more than 200 customers email addresses and passwords in clear text according to CVG.
Also another website Catalyst-Gaming is having similar problems with hackers as usernames, passwords, and email addresses leaked. Anyone with accounts with either site is advised to change their passwords ASAP.
Update: According to MCV GAME has denied ever being hacked and after investigating found no evidence of any hacking, and added that “the published email addresses are not registered users of GAME.co.uk, and there has been no breach of our database security”.
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