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Web site hack serves as warning to encrypt customer data.

CyberArk Software : 09 January, 2008  (Technical Article)
Hacking of protected web site resulted in loss of client data which could have been avoided with better data protection methods such as encryption.
Cyber-Ark has warned organisations to encrypt their customer data, following the revelation that Geeks.com - a Web site that displays a banner from McAfee's ScanAlert certifying that it is hacker safe - has been hacked.

'Geeks.com has admitted that it discovered that its customer information, including customer credit card data, phone numbers and email addresses, may have been compromised,' said Calum Macleod, European director for Cyber-Ark.

'Quite apart from the fact that a supposedly secure Web site - and one that has been certified as such - has been hacked, it highlights the need for all commercial organisations to encrypt their customer data, if they are not to lose face or even face lawsuits from disgruntled customers whose personal data has been compromised,' he added.

Macleod's comments come after Geeks.com sent out a letter at the weekend to its customers, admitting that customer information, including name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card number, expiration date, and card verification number, may have fallen into the wrong hands.

'Geeks.com is still investigating the incident, but it seems that someone has hacked the company's e-commerce Web site. And if it can happen to someone as tech-savvy as Geeks.com, it can happen to any company,' said Macleod.
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