It must be Friday night… In this edition of Friday Night Hack it appears Washington, DC-based LivingSocial has been hacked according to in internal memo to employees obtained by AllThingsD.com. The information accessed includes customer names, email addresses, date of births, and “encrypted passwords.” In the memo they noted that by encrypted passwords they technically mean”‘hashed’ and ‘salted’ passwords.” Well that’s good news … hopefully, they didn’t use MD5.
LivingSocial, the daily deals site owned in part by Amazon, has suffered a massive cyber attack on its computer systems, which an email from CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy — just sent to employees and obtained by AllThingsD.com — said resulted in “unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers.”
The breach has impacted 50 million customers of the Washington, D.C.-based company, who will now be required to reset their passwords. All of LivingSocial’s countries across the world appear to have been affected, except in Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines, as LivingSocial units Ticketmonster and Ensogo there were on separate systems.
One positive note in a not-so-positive situation: The email sent to employees and customers noted that neither customer credit card nor merchant financial information was accessed in the cyber attack.
Today’s post pic is from AllThingsD.com. See ya!