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CNET Affected By Security Breach

Vendor's computers go missing

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It’s been a tumultuous year for CNET’s employees.  There have been widespread layoffs, a $1.8 billion acquisition, and now, a security breach that’s put their personal information at risk.

There is some potentially good news here: the personal data wasn’t targeted in some high-tech hack.  Instead, entire computers containing the info were stolen from Colt Express Outsourcing’s office, so this might only be a matter of hardware envy.

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Also, CNET is providing around 6,500 affected individuals with a year of credit monitoring, and none of their data seems to have been misused at this point in time.

In other respects, things look less cheerful.  A letter from Colt to CNET states, "We do not have the resources, financial and otherwise, to assist you further.  Towards the end of last year, our customer base was reduced to an unsustainable level.  Colt has been in the process of going out of business, while at the same time providing time for remaining customers to find alternative solutions.  Those decisions are now final."

Furthermore, CBS is unlikely to be happy about all the excitement involving its new property.  But in any event, a hat tip goes to Robert McMillan.

CNET Affected By Security Breach
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  • http://www.pogowasright.org Dissent

    After first reporting the breach on June 19, we finally got confirmation yesterday from CNet  that the data were unencrypted.  The computer had not been recovered as of yesterday. 

    http://www.pogowasright.org/article.php?story=20080619103835325