Event Management Snafu: Cyber-Attacker Dumps Logins for 18,000 Customers, U.S. Employees


Nearly 18,000 customers of Allianceforbiz.com, a professional trade-show management company, have had their usernames, passwords, and email addresses hacked.

More than 14,000 organizations affiliated with Allianceforbiz.com were involved, with approximately 13,322 passwords and 17,590 email addresses in the file; 11,358 of the passwords had a username associated with them.

The company has shut its website temporarily until “all passwords have been changed,” according to a statement posted on its site. The company also posted a sign that it does not “save credit card numbers, so that is not an issue.”

Oh, but what is the issue?

According to eWEEK, those involved are very high-level players in government, defense, and business. Some of the affected include 70 emails/passwords from the U.S. Small Business Administration, 37 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, 33 from the U.S. Department of State, as well as entries from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the VA Medical Center, Honeywell, and BAE Systems.

Identity fraud is the biggest concern, since most people re-use passwords on various online accounts.

What do you do if you are a victim of this or a similar hacking incident? Your login information is potentially compromised across the board, as you don’t know whether an identity thief is using your name, email, and password to try to crack into your online banking, social media, and email accounts.

Whether or not your name is one of those affected in this recent hacking, it’s probably a good time to take five minutes for a refresher on good password management.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.