Company That Lets Parents Spy On Their Kids' Computer Usage... Has Database Hacked And Leaked
from the after-denying-it-all dept
mSpy's response? Well, first it was to deny the breach entirely, saying that it was a bogus "predatory" attack:
“There is no data of 400,000 of our customers on the web,” a spokeswoman for the company told the BBC. “We believe to have become a victim of a predatory attack, aimed to take advantage of our estimated commercial achievements.”And, of course, a day or two later, mSpy actually admitted the truth... which was that of course it had been hacked and had the data leaked.
"Much to our regret, we must inform you that data leakage has actually taken place," spokeswoman Amelie Ross told BBC News.We'll see. If history is any guide, the hack may be even worse. In almost every story of a big hack into corporate computer systems, the initial estimate on the number of accounts impacted is too low, and adjusted upward at a later date.
"However, the scope and format of the aforesaid information is way too exaggerated."
She said that 80,000 customers had been affected. Initial reports suggested up to 400,000 customer details had been exposed.
"Naturally, we have communicated with our customers whose data could have been stolen, and described them a situation. We put in place all the necessary remedial measures and continue to work on mechanism of data encryption," she added.
Either way, it appears that in the process of trying to make children "safe" -- the company may have ended up doing the exact opposite.