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article imageToshiba customers' info leaked in hacking, NASA login compromised

By Andrew Moran     Jul 18, 2011 in Business
Kyodo - Toshiba announced Saturday that it has been the victim of hacking. It confirmed that more than 7,500 customers' personal information may have been leaked from the customer database of its U.S. sales department.
Japanese electronics maker, Toshiba Corp., confirmed Saturday that its Toshiba American Information Systems Inc. server, which had personal information from 7,520 customers, was hacked, according to the company's news release.
Although credit card information or social security numbers were not affected by the hacking, 681 customers’ email addresses and passwords may have been compromised or leaked during the process.
A Toshiba spokesperson noted that the company has not concluded when the hacking took place – partially why they could not comment on the matter sooner – but the U.S. unit first detected a problem on July 11 and then it was confirmed July 13 that it had, indeed, been hacked.
“On discovering the intrusion TAIS immediately took the server offline and initiated a comprehensive investigation,” said Toshiba in a statement. “Toshiba and its Group companies regard data security as a priority concern and will continue a thorough investigation of the incident. Toshiba will take all necessary precautions to avoid any recurrence of similar incidents and to ensure customer information remain secure."
The company is still investigating the matter and customers have already been notified about the possibility that their personal data may have been affected.
According to Channel News Australia, the hacker, who identifies itself as V0iD, published the account information on two pastebin posts. The hacker claims that the leak contains 11 Toshiba administration officials’ email addresses and passwords using @tacp.com and a “top 3” list of an Air Force (@moody.af.mil), NASA (@nasa.gov) and state government official’s email login.
V0iD has stated that the information is only 10 percent of the full list and more will follow, reports Softpedia.
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