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Friday, October 29, 2010

Hobby Search Hacked!

Shopped over at Hobby Search ever? Well, be sure to check your credit cards, asap!!  Apparently at the beginning of the month...hackers from Korea got into the site and stole customer CC information! 0_0

These dangers are always there on the internet and with a site as big as HS, you can imagine that daily there are criminal scum trying to break into the site.  As a fellow anime store owner...my condolences to the Hobby Search web team for having such a bad PR issue hit them at such a pivotal time of the year.

I doubt they were looking for an epic Saber figure.

For those maybe wondering about my store...well.. this is the very reason why I only use Paypal for the transactions on my store! I don't at all feel comfortable having a customer's credit card info ready for th picking on my site's database.  It's best to let the experts like paypal take care of it..plus paypal lets people just use their card directly on my site..even if you don't have the service.

Much more info on Nekomagic about this but here's the statement from Hobby Search
To Hobby Search customers:  We are writing to let you know of a hacker or hackers that penetrated our computer system and accessed customer data including credit card information.  At the time of writing, we do not know of any of this information being available publicly.  It is important to us that you, the customer, do not experience any monetary damages because of this incident, and have provided the information of all the cards that may have been involved in this incident to each of the credit card companies so that they may monitor the activity on these cards.  If you have any concerns about the security of your card, please contact the card company  (via the number on the back of your credit card).  Also, although we have switched to a more secure credit card transaction system that only stores the last four digits of your card on our databases on July 7, 2010, we have disabled credit card payments indefinitely.  The credit cards involved in this incident are those used in orders prior to July 7, 2010 (a maximum of 23,526 cards)  - Credit card numbers, expiration dates, cardholder names  We do not store personal verification passwords or security codes on our databases, so these have not been accessed.  Again, we have switched to a more secure credit transaction system on July 7 that only stored the last four digits of those cards (3,794 cards) and cannot be abused by a third party.  We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience or concern that this incident may have caused.

Make sure to contact Hobby Search and your bank if anything occurs on your cards.

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