By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
4th June 2010
E-commerce company Digital River exposed data belonging to almost
200,000 individuals after hackers executed a "highly unusual search
command" against its secured servers, according to a news report.
The breach came to light only after a 19-year-old New York man allegedly
tried to sell the purloined data for as much as $500,000, The
Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday. After Eric Porat made repeated
attempts to persuade a company called Media Breakaway to buy the
information, company officials alerted their counterparts at Digital
River, the paper reported, citing court documents. A federal grand jury
is investigating the matter with help from the FBI.
The data contained names, email addresses, websites, and unique
user-identification numbers for 198,398 individuals. It was originally
gathered by affiliated marketing companies using software offered by
Digital Rivers subsidiary Direct Response Technologies and stored on
It was stolen in late January using a "highly unusual" search command.
The report didn't elaborate.
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