Another week and a new security breach. This time it’s Acer who has revealed that their online shopping users, just over thirty-four thousand, have had their sensitive data revealed in this latest security breach. Among the information that was stolen was customer names, addresses, credit card information, including expiration dates, and the corresponding three-digit CVC security codes.
Acer told PCWorld the data was stolen because the company “inadvertently stored [the stolen consumer data] in an unsecured format.” As a result, Acer said hackers were able to access the sensitive data “for customers who made a purchase on the site [between May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016].”
Acer isn’t positive how the hackers gained access to its servers and all they could say was it was an unspecified “security issue.” Hackers were able to obtain customer information from May 12, 2015 to April 28, 2016. While this security breach doesn’t affect millions of users, it is still a significant breach due to the amount of sensitive data that was stolen.
With the public growing more and more aware of these security breaches, companies will soon have to increase their security measures to combat the influx of hackers — something that they should already be doing. In this new world of data, computing, and the internet we’re only going to see this continue to occur and on much higher levels.
It would be a wise choice for companies to take these types of things seriously to not only protect themselves but the users they are serving. While no one is really truly safe from hackers who are determined to gain access to data wherever they can, there are definitely ways of preventing them from easily getting to your company’s data and moving on to easier targets.
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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.