Feeds

LivingSocial admits major hacking attack on customer database

Credit card info is safe, company insists

Website security in corporate America

Up to 50 million customers of the Amazon-funded daily deals site LivingSocial are getting an apologetic email from CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy explaining that their information may have been stolen.

"LivingSocial recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue," he writes in an email received by El Reg.

"The information accessed includes names, email addresses, date of birth for some users, and encrypted passwords – technically 'hashed' and 'salted' passwords. We never store passwords in plain text."

At this stage, the company is saying that all credit card details for customers, and the financial accounts of operators that LivingSocial does deals with, are stored on a separate database and that this hasn't been hacked.

Users are being asked to change their passwords and to ignore any emails claiming to be from LivingSocial that ask for financial information. Although the email doesn’t mention it, if your LivingSocial password was used for any other online accounts, then you'd be advised to change those, too.

It's a nasty bit of Friday news for LivingSocial, which is facing a tough time convincing some that digital coupon-clipping is a viable business. Rival Groupon is clearing out its management team trying after seeing its stock price plummet post-IPO, and Amazon must be wondering if it's going to get a return on the considerable investment it has made in LivingSocial. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

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
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
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?
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group
Security be not a dirty word, me Satya. But crevice, bigod...
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
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.