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Hackers Attacked Hacking Art.com Clients’ Personal Data

In Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 27, 2007, an online dealer of framed art, posters, and prints warned clients that cyber-terrorists had breached into the site to get credit card data.

Both Allposters.com and Art.com released a notification to its clients warning them that a cyber-terrorist had breached into the sites of Art.com and hacked into the names and encoded credit card numbers for certain dealings carried on its Websites between July-September 2007.

According to reports that appeared in AHN's October 28, 2007 issue, Art.com's Chief Michael Heinstein alleged that the cyber-criminals had been able to hack into the computers in spite of "manifold security levels" and had accessed a number of credit card dealings made between July and September.

So far, the firm is ignorant of any illegal utilization of the stolen credit card data or any identity theft efforts connected to the attack, maintained a report by the firm.

Since Art.com, Inc. doesn't keep data like Social Security number or driving license numbers relating to client transactions, thus, consumers don't have to be worried about such data being stolen. The firm is sorry for any trouble this might have caused to its clients and is taking care to insure that it is not repeated again.

The firm's Website states that Art.com has investments companies such as the Menlo Park, Calif., based Benchmark Capital and Waltham, Mass.-based Polaris Venture Partners as investors.

In another message, Michael Heinstein stated that the security of their valued clients is very crucial to the firm. Therefore, they have informed the involved clients and credit card firms without delay after earnestly probing this case. Business Wire reported on October 27, 2007 that they rapidly took added measures to protect the site against any such potential strikes.

Not long ago the Website that fights money laundering, Bobbear, was breached by hackers, informed the security software firm Sophos. Around 1.3 Million consumers' private data was stolen in August 2007, when job portal Monster.com was attacked. Shortly after the attack, Monster.com claimed that it had closed the data-storing computer, which was also utilized by a gang of cyber criminals to spam many users.

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» SPAMfighter News - 14-11-2007

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