Account Info for 100,000+ Credit Cards Left Online for Six Months

Exposure, Online privacy

Austin-based pet store FuturePets.com left details of 110,400 credit cards available through its website for at least 6 months. The data exposed included names, addresses, emails, phone and credit card numbers, and passwords. This happened because the server for FuturePets was insecure and from its use of rsync, a protocol used to copy files between computers. The website was built by DataWeb, Inc., which has developed other pet store sites. Security researchers at Kromtech discovered the database in November, but the information leak has only recently been patched up. This is relevant as hackers are increasingly targeting smaller companies whose data may be less secure. The exposure can do more to topple small businesses than with giant companies that are better cushioned from failure.

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