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[ISN] Kiplinger Warns Customers Hackers Got Account, Credit Card Information


By Michael Riley
July 9, 2011

Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc., the publisher of Kiplingerâs Personal Finance, warned customers that hackers breached its computer network at least as early as June 25 and stole account data, including credit card numbers.

Doug Harbrecht, the companyâs director of new media, said the attackers stole user names, passwords and encrypted credit card numbers from as many as 142,000 subscribers to the magazine or the companyâs various newsletters, including the Kiplinger Letter.

Harbrecht said the two-week delay in notifying customers resulted from efforts to understand the extent of the break-in by âan unidentified third party,â as the Kiplinger website described the intruders. He said the company notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is working with the agency on a probe of the incident.

âPart of the problem is we still donât know exactly what the hackers got,â Harbrecht said in a phone interview. An e- mail sent to Kiplinger customers said the hacker may have accessed e-mail addresses as well as other personal information.

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