In an official announcement on their website, it Is learned that the Online Jobs section on Washington Post's website was hacked last week between June 27 and June 28. Although the section was shut down with immediate effect, it has been found that the unidentified miscreant had accessed nearly 1.3 million email addresses, in addition to the user IDs.
However having said that, Washington Post clarified that the personal data, and passwords remained untouched. In a detailed report posted on their website, Washington Post revealed that it had informed all its users about the data breach via email, and also assured that the website had implemented extra security measures to avoid a hack in the future.
Washington Post is one of the most widely read, and subsequently the largest newspaper in Washington D.C. That perhaps, explains that huge size of their user base, on their online portal. This hack comes in the wake of security breaches affecting governmental, financial social sites, and hence is a worrying trend.
Publish date: July 8, 2011 3:09 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:08 pm