Hackers Exploit Lax Security

    Date09 Mar 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3536
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Watch out for those 'hackers'. "Are the hackers getting better, or is it just that the people in charge of security at big Web companies are nodding off on the job? Online shoppers have reason to wonder after another in a series of intrusions into e-commerce sites that were supposed to have the best security money could buy.. . . Watch out for those 'hackers'. "Are the hackers getting better, or is it just that the people in charge of security at big Web companies are nodding off on the job? Online shoppers have reason to wonder after another in a series of intrusions into e-commerce sites that were supposed to have the best security money could buy.

    Online rare book store Bibliofind.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, this week revealed that hackers broke into its site, obtained credit card numbers for some 98,000 customers, and remained undetected for four months.

    Internet security has always been recognized as a big challenge, with countless hackers ever on the lookout for ways into secure databases. But weren't companies supposed to have their best and brightest at work on the problem in exchange for all those credit card numbers that trusting consumers handed over to them?

    The Bibliofind incident, following similar hacks at companies like Egghead.com and in-house breaches at Travelocity and Sony's Columbia House, raises new questions about whether Web companies are doing all they can to make their sites safe places to shop."

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