Financial Fail: Kiplinger Letter Subscriber Emails, Credit Card Info Compromised in Data Breach

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Hackers breached Kiplinger’s Personal Finance network as early as June 25 and stole user names, passwords, and encrypted credit card numbers from as many as 142,000 subscribers to the magazine or the company’s various newsletters, including the Kiplinger Letter. This Bloomberg news article says the stolen information can sometimes be “used in so-called phishing scams to gain more valuable data or for identity theft” and that “while the credit-card numbers were encrypted,” encryption in rare cases can be broken. Kiplinger is advising customers to call their banks and replace the card numbers.

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Elaine Rigoli

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