Apr 10, 2013

Vudu Forces Password Changes After Data Breach

Vudu, Inc.
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If you are a Vudu user you may have had your password reset. That is because Vudu recently experienced a data breach late last month when robbers broke into the company's office stealing many items including a hard drive that contained user information.

Yes, it's true that not all network security breaches come in the form of 1337 h4x0rs. Sometimes data breaches come in the form of low level burglers. That is why physical security is so important.

From Tech Spot:
The Walmart-owned video streaming service's investigation has revealed that the stolen drives held customers' names, email addresses, postal addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, account activity and the last four digits of some credit card numbers. 
However, on the bright side, Vudu has stressed that the drives didn't contain full credit card numbers, which the company doesn't store. Additionally, folks who log into the service through other sites and haven't set up Vudu-specific credentials shouldn't have to worry about their passwords. 
Users who set up a Vudu password don't necessarily have to panic either as they were stored in an encrypted state. Nonetheless, the company has forced a password reset across the board and it's encouraging users who use their Vudu password on other sites to change those too. "We believe it would be difficult to break the password encryption, but we can't rule out that possibility given the circumstances of this theft," Vudu CTO Prasanna Ganesan wrote in an email to subscribers. "So we think it's best to be proactive and ask that you be proactive as well."
Vudu is offering free identity protection services for one year from AllClear ID in response to the data breach.

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