Breach, Data Security

ClixSense breached through old server, 6.6M users potentially affected

ClixSense, a company that pays people to take surveys, reported it was breached with several million users being affected.

How many victims?  Potentially 6.6 million, but so far 2.2 million user records have already been posted online.

What type of information? User names, passwords, payment histories and home addresses.

What happened? On September 11 an unauthorized person gained access to the company database through an old server that was not being used, but was still connected to the database. The hacker ran some SQL code that changed names on accounts, set user balances to $0.00 and deleted posts from the site's forums.

What was the response? ClixSense restored its users balances, reset account names and disconnected the old server from the system

Quote? “To say this past week was a bit stressful is an understatement. It has taught us that regardless of what you do to stay secure, it still may not be enough. We are continuing to improve ClixSense security all around and we will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.”

 Source: ClixSense, DigitalTrends

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