Huge email database hacked
December 15, 2010 12:45 AM Subscribe
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Silverpop Systems Inc, an email marketing firm with 105 customers
has had its database systems hacked
Silverpop was a subcontractor for Arc Worldwide, a major promotional marketing company. So far, affected clients include
"The information contained in the database is limited to your email address and potentially also your name, postal address, home or cell phone number, birth date, gender, and certain information about your promotional preferences or web information interests."
, with 16 million members:
"As a result, email addresses belonging to deviantART members were copied. Corresponding usernames and birth date may also have been removed."
The criminal used the list to send out realistic-looking spam that asked recipients to enter their personal information into a Web page controlled by hackers.
"We are sorry this has taken place and for any inconvenience to you,"
No prescription information or other health information was stolen, the company said — the criminal only managed to pilfer customer e-mail addresses.
The FBI are investigating. The sites that have warned their customers are advising them to be wary of spam attempting to gain financial or other data via email, and any attempt to send them to a fake password reset page.