Feeds

Amazon division hacked, thousands of CCs exposed

Door wide open for 4 months

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Intruders found their way into Amazon division Bibliofind, which hooks up buyers and sellers of rare or out-of-print books, and maintained convenient access to a database of 98,000 customer accounts for about four months.

The intruders are believed to have downloaded the company's customer records, including credit card details, names and addresses, though the company denies that any of the credit cards have since been used fraudulently.

Incredibly, the company remained blithely ignorant of its problem, which began in October and continued until some time last week when its admins finally gained consciousness and discovered it. Apparently, the site was defaced not long ago, and this event triggered a much-needed peek at the server logs.

Bibliofind closed its Web site on Friday as a precaution against getting rooted again while it tries to shore up its defences.

"We are working to bring the Bibliofind service back into operation shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you," the company said brightly in an e-mail memo to its customers.

It is not known whether the person who defaced the site, and consequently inspired the company to observe that its arse was exposed to the known universe, has been rewarded for his or her crucial contribution to Bibliofind's future security. ®

Story Update

Amazon, despite denials, was warned about hack

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills
That's about 50 per cent bigger than the Target tills mega-hack
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out
Eight vulns healed, including XSS and DoS paths
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.