By Damien Garvey, Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology
May 06, 2013

Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: 50 Million LivingSocial Customers’ Data Compromised

Data Breach Compromises Data Belonging to 50 Million LivingSocial Customers

The online deals company, LivingSocial has become the latest company to report a data breach that has compromised data belonging to over 50 million people who have an account with the company. LivingSocial have stated that they believe that data such as customers’ names, email addresses, dates of births and encrypted passwords have been compromised in the attack. It has also been confirmed that no credit card details has been stolen.

LivingSocial released a statement — Link: — on their website confirming the data breach. “The information accessed includes names, email addresses, date of birth for some users, and encrypted passwords – technically ‘hashed’ and ‘salted’ passwords.”

LivingSocial have started to make contact with all the affected customers notifying them of the data breach and are requesting that they all change their passwords. There is also a banner on the homepage of their website asking everyone to change their password if they haven’t already done so.

In an email sent out to all those affected, LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy — Link: — wrote, “The security of your information is our priority. We always strive to ensure the security of our customer information, and we are redoubling efforts to prevent any issues in the future.”

It is becoming an ever too familiar story in which a company has to notify thousands of their customers regarding a data breach which has compromised their personal data. The main reasons for the increased number of such cases are because companies are being reactive as to proactive. Security measures aren’t being continuously tested and updated and therefore increasing the likelihood of a data breach occurring. Hackers are exploiting this and are increasing the frequency of attacks and using more sophisticated methods.

George Tubin — Link: – who is a senior security strategist at Trusteer stated, “In light of recent successful widespread attacks against major social networking sites, it’s obvious that these providers are simply not doing enough to protect their customers’ information.”

As hackers are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated with their attacks, the importance of backing up your data is becoming ever more important. If someone gains unauthorised access to your servers and deletes or modifies critical business data, are you confident that you will be able to recover this data with the minimum amount of downtime?

With such as case such as LivingSocial, it shows that many are still acting re-actively as to proactively. It is important to test your security measures on a regular basis with the knowledge that your data is being successfully backed up and is recoverable in the event of  data loss.

About the Author: Damien Garvey is a Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology, an Asigra powered cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions provider.


General Tags: data security, online backup news, software as a service, compare online backups, data storage, online backup reviews, online backup companies, SaaS, online file backup, online backup services, cloud computing, online backup providers directory, online backup, online file storage, top rated online backups, CEO interviews, backing up online, online data backup

Like us on Facebook

Do you like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed ===========================


Related posts:

  1. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Compromised after Kirkwood Community College Suffers Data Breach
  2. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Breach Compromises Credit and Debit Card Information of MAPCO Customers
  3. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Personal Data Compromised after Backup Tapes Lost in Transit
  4. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Security – How Quickly can you Detect a Data Breach?
  5. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: UK Armed Forces at Risk of Cyber Attack
  6. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Breach puts Personal Information at Risk
  7. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Hackers Stole £1.3 Million from Barclays Bank
  8. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Hong Kong Immigration Department Suffer Data Loss
  9. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: US Federal Reserve Bank hacked by Anonymous
  10. Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: NASA to Improve Data Security

Tags: , ,