Charles leaver – Risks Are There For Comcast Clients From Shared Hacks And Data Exfiltration

Written By Michael Pawloski And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

The Customers Of Comcast Are Victims Of Data Exfiltration and Shared Hacks Via Other Businesses

The personal information of around 200,000 Comcast customers was compromised on November 5th 2015. Comcast was forced to make this announcement when it emerged that a list of 590,000 Comcast consumer e-mails and passwords could be acquired on the dark web for a mere $1,000. Comcast maintains that there was no security breach to their network however rather it was through past, shared hacks from other companies. Comcast further declares that only 200,000 of these 590,000 customers really still exist in their system.

Less than 2 months previously, Comcast had currently been slapped with a $22 million penalty over its accidental publishing of nearly 75,000 customers’ personal details. Somewhat paradoxically, these customers had particularly paid Comcast for “unlisted voice-over-IP,” a line product on the Comcast bill that stipulated that each consumer’s info would be kept private.

Comcast set up a mass-reset of 200,000 consumer passwords, who might have accessed these accounts prior to the list was put up for sale. While an easy password reset by Comcast will to some extent secure these accounts moving forward, this doesn’t do anything to protect those customers who may have recycled the same email and password mix on banking and charge card logins. If the client accounts were accessed before being revealed it is definitely possible that other personal details – such as automated payment info and home address – were currently acquired.

The conclusion to this: Presuming Comcast wasn’t attacked directly, they were the victim of numerous other hacks which contained data connected to their clients. Detection and Response systems like Ziften can prevent mass data exfiltration and frequently reduce damage done when these inevitable attacks happen.