Unauthorized access gained to about 800 JSTOR accounts

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Digital library JSTOR is notifying approximately 800 users that their personal information may be at risk after their MyJSTOR accounts were accessed by an unauthorized third party.

How many victims? About 800. 

What type of personal information? Usernames, passwords, email addresses, primary areas of study, position/academic statuses, and institution affiliations.

What happened? An unauthorized third party gained access to MyJSTOR accounts, which contained the personal information.

What was the response? JSTOR is notifying impacted users and urging them to change their passwords. JSTOR is reviewing and enhancing security measures to prevent a similar incident from occurring.   

Details: The breach was discovered on March 17.

Quote: “We do not store credit card data or financial information of any kind, so this was not accessed,” according to the notification.   

Source: oag.ca.gov, “Important Security Notice from JSTOR,” March 31, 2014

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