Web.com Hacked

Internet services provider Web.com recently announced that an “unauthorized breach of one of its computer systems on August 13, 2015” may have exposed the names, addresses and credit card information of approximately 93,000 of its 3.3 million customers.

While the systems of Web.com subsidiaries Network Solutions and Register.com were not compromised, the company says customers of Network Solutions and Register.com could be affected if they purchased services from Web.com.

Web.com says it uncovered the breach itself, “through its ongoing security monitoring,” and immediately reported it to credit card processors and federal and state authorities.

“The security of our customer information is a high priority for Web.com,” company chairman, president and CEO David L. Brown said in a statement. “Our goals are simple — to protect our clients from Internet attacks and, in the event that an attack succeeds, to fix the problem immediately.”

All affected customers are being contacted by email and mail, and are being offered one year of credit monitoring services.

Web.com spokesman John Herbkersman told the Florida Times-Union that the investigation into the breach will take some time. “They [security] are looking at every piece of coding inside our firewalls,” he said.

A recent Tripwire survey of 215 attendees at the Black Hat USA 2015 security conference in Las Vegas found that fully 86 percent of respondents have seen an increase in targeted attacks directed at their networks over the past year.

Forty-one percent of respondents said they’ve seen a significant increase in the number of successful cyber attacks over the past year.

Still, just 47 percent of respondents said their confidence in their organizations’ ability to detect and respond to a cyber attack rose in the last 12 months.

A separate survey of 100 U.S. cyber security executives, sponsored by Raytheon|Websense and conducted by Research Now, found that just 31 percent of respondents were “very confident” in their organization’s security posture.

And their lack of confidence is warranted — 89 percent of respondents said their organization has experienced at last one breach that resulted in a loss or compromise of data within the past year.

Recent eSecurity Planet articles have offered advice on improving database security, and the importance of providing security training to employees.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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