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News 4,000 Comcast passwords leaked

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 17 Mar 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. bilbothebaggins

    bilbothebaggins New Member

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    What's an "Educational technology specialist" precious? :)
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Good question. I'm guessing either a specialist in educational technology, or a technology specialist who provides education. THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE TOLD.
     
  4. digitaldave

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    [H] are reporting 8000 . . . . . . . . .
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Then [H] are reporting wrong. The data dump had 8,000 records in it, but each record appeared twice - thus 4,000 unique e-mail and password combinations.
     
  6. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 New Member

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    Well, I use Comcast and we weren't contacted, so I wouldn't doubt it's just people who were too stupid to realize they were typing their info into phishing sites.


    Also..

    What a retard honestly. :duh:
     
  7. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    He's just part of the vast majority...
     
  8. Charlie at Comcast

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    Update from Comcast:

    Based on an initial analysis of the document, we have identified only about 700 of these accounts appear real. It was likely generated as the result of a phishing scam or some kind of malware that affected customer computers.

    We are in the process of proactively contacting customers to let them know about this situation and the steps they can take to help protect themselves.

    Best thing anyone can do is use up-to-date security software and be highly suspicious of anyone asking for your user ID or password.
     
  9. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 New Member

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    Wow a Comcast rep on BT? o_O

    I find the main problem with people is not whether they have security software, it's how ignorant they are when it comes to clicking stuff and being aware of what site they're on. People are so oblivious on the internet, it's scary.
     
  10. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Must be a pretty big f**k-up if they feel the need to send representatives to forums of tech sites.
     
  11. DarkLord7854

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    That or the media has the situation completely wrong..? Read what he posted? :read:
     
  12. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    I still don't think if it wasn't bad they wouldn't send out reps. Send mails to the news sites so they can update their articles, yes, but reps? No no no. :)
     
  13. B3CK

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    Perhaps comcast is just trying to earn their customer service rating, either way, a rep should contact the websites admins to post on their behalf, instead of making a new user and responding. This is a technical website, not jollyrodgersflashnews.com . 4000, or 700, as mr. comcast reported does seem to be an extremely small number compared to customer base. Would have to be from phishing. my 2c.
     
  14. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    ^^ I've heard of that too, sending reps to forums that have news on there company to clear up the issue and receiver a higher customer service rating
     
  15. Sebbo

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    would surely have to be from phishing, one would imagine that any company like comcast would be hashing the passwords in their database. not to is just asking for accounts to be stolen
     
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