Spam Warning: Hackers Attack Washington Post Exposing 1.2 million accounts
Hackers are rather busy these days with new bold outlooks as they attack large companies and websites which could ultimately lead to a rash of spam emails.
The latest hacking incident comes from a group of hackers who have yet to be indentified hitting the jobs section of the Washington Post website. The hackers made away with over 1.2 million user account data mostly consisting of names and email addresses.
Representatives from the Washington Post have assured users that the worst result from the hacking attack would be a series of spam emails. Even still, the theft of any personal data makes people uneasy in any situation even if the data stolen is limited to names and email addresses. Who wants their email address publically listed or exploited by cybercrooks?
Washington Post executive Beth Diaz, wrote in a letter to those who may have been effected by the recent hacking incident:
“As a general matter, you should always avoid opening suspicious or unsolicited e-mail, never respond to or click any links in spam, and avoid providing personal or financial information in an e-mail – especially credit card information, bank account information, passwords, and ID numbers.”
All computer users, no matter what news outlet they have registered with, should always be aware of how to protect themselves from identity theft that may root from solicited spam emails. Who knows, the hackers that attacked the Washington Post may attempt to trick users with emails masked as ones from the Washington Post where it asks for additional personal information.
Do you ever fear that your personal information may be compromised in a hacking attack and it leads to a massive influx of spam email? What do you do to limit the amount of spam that makes it to your email inbox?