Incisive Media grovels over breach of readership data

inquirer_nIncisive Media, the publishing firm behind the likes of Computing, The Inquirer, Investment Week and V3, has been forced to fess up to a data breach which has potentially left readers’ personal details exposed.
The company, set up by former Centaur Media publisher Tim Weller in 1994, has urged subscribers to change their account passwords after it found that one of its server providers had left log-in details unprotected.
In an email to readers, the firm warned: “We are sorry to inform you of a potential breach of security that may have resulted in the unauthorised disclosure of your log-in details.
“One of our service providers stored your login details for your account on their server. While this server was not publicly listed, there is an open server port which made your information vulnerable for a short period this year.”
The login details stored included the customer’s name, email address and password in an encrypted form, “no one has access to any other personal data from this breach”, the email added.
“Our partners have removed the information from that server and have undertaken a full audit and introduced additional steps to ensure your data is not accessible. We have reset all passwords and you will be asked to enter new login details when you next login.”
Incisive said it did not believe the data breach met the threshold to be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office, although it has still informed the regulator about the issue.
However, the company has been at pains to stress that it “takes customers’ data security and protection very seriously”.

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