Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The Chicago Maroon reports that Freenters, which provides a free printing service for university students, was recently hacked by a group calling itself the UChicago Electronic Army (UEA), which published more than 3,000 users' personal information online (h/t Softpedia).
In a statement on Facebook, the company said the breach took place at 10:20am on November 14, 2013, and that users' first and last names, e-mail addresses, majors, grades, birthdates (for those registered before February 20, 2013), and hashed passwords were leaked.
"We have been investigating the matter with the Security Department of IT Services and we deleted all customer accounts from our system," the company stated.
Needless to say, all Freenters customers who used the same password for the service as they did on other sites should also change those passwords as soon as possible.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
Freenters co-founder Hyesung Kim told the Chicago Maroon that the site's security was admittedly "weak," and said, "I just want people to understand: I'm not trying to blame others. It's Freenters' fault. This is a turning point for us -- the message that the hacker gave us. We're going to make sure that this doesn't happen again in the future."