Standing Up To Web Extortionists

from the good-for-them dept

An e-commerce company has stood up to a hacker who broke in and stole customer data. The hacker tried to hold the company up for $45,000 or threatened to go public with the information. Instead, the company, WebCertificates, ‘fessed up to their customers that someone had hacked in. They did everything possible to set things right. The hacker got email and snail mail addresses, but no credit card data. The hacker, either not realizing or not caring that WebCertificates had already told their customers about the break in, sent emails to many WebCertificates customers to tell them himself. It’s good to see the company do the right thing once they found out what happened – instead of trying to hide the matter.

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