Kiplinger’s magazine hacked, subscriber information stolen

Saturday – 7/9/2011, 6:49am ET

Thomas Warren, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Up to 177,000 subscribers to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine were the victims of a security hack recently, and the company says it’s still trying to get to the bottom of it.

“This included email addresses, passwords, 43,000 encrypted credit cards,” says Doug Harbrecht, new media director for the magazine.

However, Harbrecht says hackers did not get security codes.

The company is not sure about the origin of the breach, and they’re now working with the FBI to find out.

Kiplinger’s says it first spotted suspicious activity within its systems two weeks ago.

“It looks like the hackers first tried in May, and then came back on June 25th,” Harbrecht says. “That’s when we spotted them, and shut them down.”

Customers, though, we not notified until Friday.

Harbrecht says their first priority was to stop the attack and find out what information was compromised before informing customers of the situation.

On its website, Kiplinger’s has posted detailed information about the breach in their FAQ section.

“There is no threat of identity theft for any customers,” Harbrecht says.

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