One of the world's best-known surfwear companies recently revealed that it had been hit by a major data breach
, and the stolen data has been posted online.
Billabong recently announced that a hacktivist activity known as WikiBoatWednesday led to the theft of 21,485 passwords, all in clear text, which were then posted online, according to a report from SC Magazine
. Further, a number of hashed passwords, administrator database tables and other information was also exposed.
"We view this attack as an extremely serious matter and have taken urgent action to contain the incident and prevent further attacks occurring," the company told the tech news site. "We are continuing to gather information about the incident and to establish the extent and nature of the data that may have been accessed. We will take further appropriate measures as new information comes to light."Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the dangers hackers pose to consumers and businesses alike, and what both parties can do to reduce their risk of being exposed.
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