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LivingSocial Hacked: Cyber Attack Affects More Than 50 Million Customers

ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post(NEW YORK) -- Online deals site LivingSocial said its computer systems were hacked on Friday, which may have compromised the personal data of more than 50 million of its customers.

Hackers gained access to customer data from the company's servers, which included their names, email addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords, the company said.

The cyber attackers did not gain access to the database where customers' credit card information was stored, LivingSocial spokesman Andrew Weinstein told ABC News.

Weinstein said customers in South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines were not impacted by the security breach since their passwords were stored on different servers.

But in all other countries where LivingSocial operates, customers were being notified that their information was at risk in the breach.

On LivingSocial's website, the company provided a banner notice for customers to update their accounts.
Weinstein said that since the hack, customers were also notified in an email written by CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy to change their passwords.

O'Shaughnessy also advised customers to reset their passwords on other websites if they were similar to the ones they used on LivingSocial.

"The security of your information is our priority. We always strive to ensure the security of our customer information, and we are redoubling efforts to prevent any issues in the future," O'Shaughnessy wrote.

O'Shaughnessy also emailed his staff -- who he referred to as LivingSocialities -- to notify them of the hack.

"We need to do the right thing for our customers who place their trust in us," he wrote, "We'll all need to work incredibly hard over the coming days and weeks to validate that faith and trust."

The hack is one in a recent string of online security breaches, including Facebook and Evernote.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press' Twitter account was hacked, causing the stock market averages to briefly plunge and false reports of explosions at the White House to circulate.

LivingSocial said it was actively working with law enforcement to investigate the cyber attack. The company did not explain how the hack occurred.

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250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked: Don’t Panic, Here’s What to Do

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Approximately 250,000 Twitter account passwords have been compromised by hackers, Twitter said in a blog on Friday, noting that the company now is among the “recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at U.S. technology and media companies,” including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter has already taken action on the compromised accounts, requiring a password reset before any hacked handle can be accessed again. All infiltrated accounts have also received email alerts, so check your inbox just to be safe.

If this all sounds familiar, we’ve been through a similar drill before. On Nov. 8, 2012, Twitter mistakenly asked a “large number of accounts” to reset their passwords after they found a small group of accounts to at risk of being compromised.

While the number of affected Twitter handles account for less than 0.125 percent of the service’s 200 million active tweeters, the number represents Twitter’s largest data compromise to date. Even so, the attack pales in comparison to LinkedIn’s security breach in June of last year, where 6.4 million passwords were stolen.

Twitter is taking this opportunity to remind the other 99.9 percent of its users to ensure that their passwords are strong, with “at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols – that you are not using for any other accounts or sites.”

It also recommends using different passwords for every site you frequent, a Twitter password should be different than, say, your Gmail or Facebook password.


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Hackers Break into Website

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hackers broke into the website over the weekend and were able to access files placed on the server, the Senate Sergeant at Arms confirmed Tuesday, but the breach did not compromise the security of the network.

"The intruder did not gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on," the office of the Sergeant at Arms, which monitors cyber security, said in a statement. "That server is for public access on the public side of the Senate's network firewall, and any files that individual Senate offices place there are intended for public consumption."

The vulnerability in the system was traced back to an individual senator's office, though the Sergeant at Arms did not name the senator. It will also conduct a review into the breach.

"Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate's network, its members or staff," the statement added. "Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting that could have been compromised."

"Lulz Security," which claims to have hacked into, posted the directory names on its web site and on the surface it did not seem to contain any proprietary information.

"We don't like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure," the group wrote on its Web site. "In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more! This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"

This isn't the group's first foray into hacking a government website. In March, Lulz Security also claims to have breached the Web site of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, a grassroots group that works with the FBI to counter cyber crime threats. Hackers stole nearly 180 passwords and posted them on the Internet. Lulz Security at the time said the breach was in response to the Pentagon considering whether some cyber attacks should be designated as acts of war. "Lulz" is a hacker/gamer term roughly meaning "just for laughs."

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Gawker Websites Hacked, Perps Say Info Stolen

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Gawker Media is urging users to change their passwords after its site was hacked.

The company, which publishes the blogs Gawker, Gizmodo, Jezebel and others, temporarily stopped publishing new material Sunday after its user databases were stolen.

The hackers claim they took more than one million user names and passwords.

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