William Lewis, the chief executive of Dow Jones, made a public statement today regarding the data loses that occurred during the last three years at Dow Jones. It seems that hackers accessed Dow Jones’ customer database, but there is no actual evidence of something actually being stolen.
After a law-enforcing action, investigators came up with some concerning results: during August 2012 and July 2015, there have been a series of unauthorized accesses inside Dow Jones’ mainframe. Although nothing seems to be amiss, upon further investigation, FBI officers have discovered that hackers were able to download from the mainframe contact details from about 3500 people.
These information include credit card numbers, home addresses, phone number, email addresses and names. Lewis explained that the perpetrators could use these information as a sort of leverage. Furthermore, all data accessed by the hackers belonged to former subscribers.
As William Lewis stated in the press conference, nothing seems to have been stolen, but out of caution, the chief executive chose to send a letter to his customers in which he explained the situation and the risks involved.
Although a little farfetched, investigators seem to link this incident to the Scottrade breach. The event has been disclosed to the general public last week, but the head of Scottrade still denies that the company has been subjected to any form of data fraud.
The Scottrade cyber-attack took its toll on nearly 4.5 million investors and it is rumored to have taken place between the fall of 2013 and the first months of 2014.
Going back to the Dow Jones incident, Lewis is urging all of his customers to review their personal information and not to respond to any suspicious mail.
Before Dow Jones and Scottrade there was another incident that led the investigators believe that this is not an isolated situation but part of a much larger cyber aggression campaign. The same perpetrators allegedly stole, a week before, data on 15 million customers from T-Mobile.
Shea Leordeanu, the spokesperson for Scottrade disclosed to the public that after being notified by the FBI, the board decided to keep this under the lid, because of the ongoing investigation.
Having no visible signs of tampering, the company tries to reassure its customers. Leordeanu wrote on the company’s site that all client password and personal information are under lock and key and encrypted all the time.
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