June 30, 2011

Hackers Breach Gannett Co Database

Gannett Co said on Tuesday that hackers breached its database containing personal information about subscribers to publications read by U.S. government officials, military leaders and rank-and-file soldiers.

The media company told subscribers through email that it discovered the breach of its Gannett Government Media Corp on June 7.  It said it had previously notified subscribers of the breach through a notice on its website.

The company said the attackers accessed subscribers' names, passwords and email addresses.  They also obtained data on the duty status, paygrade and branch of service of some readers who serve in the military.

The information that was taken included subscribers to Defense News as well as publications aimed at soldiers serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Personal data on government officials and members of the military is highly coveted among cyber criminals because it can be used to launch targeted attacks against computer systems that hold classified information.

Cyber criminals have been on a hacking frenzy recently with companies like Sony, MasterCard and Citigroup feeling the full force. 

LulzSec, a hacker group highly publicized for its attacks on Sony, the CIA and the U.S. Senate, recently announced it would disband as its members were "getting bored."


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