Lakeland customers get hacked

24 July 2013

Lakeland Lakeland, who flog kitchenware and gadgets, have had to admit that they've been compromised by hackers and that customers' details could well have been stolen.

As such, they're urging everyone who use the same passwords on other online accounts to change them immediately.

It all happened on Friday in what Lakeland described as “a sophisticated and sustained attack” and customers were informed yesterday when the company discovered two encrypted databases had been accessed.

Tony Preedy, the marketing director, said: “Our experts analysing the situation have not been able to confirm whether any data has been taken but we decided it was appropriate to tell customers there was a risk. We had not left the doors unlocked, so to speak, but nevertheless they were able to penetrate.”

The hackers are probably got into the databases thanks to a recently identified flaw in the Java software used by the servers running the Lakeland website.

TOPICS:   Privacy

4 comments

  • Billybobjimbob
    The hackers probably used the data a couple of times then left it at the back of the kitchen cupboard. Check out your local car boot sales in six months time.
  • Dick
    “Our experts analysing the situation have not been able to confirm whether any data has been taken but we decided it was appropriate to tell customers there was a risk.” They are not very expert then, are they?
  • Terry
    Just because they are experts does not mean they are infallible. If there are no logs or traces of data reads then there is no way to tell.
  • Dick
    The experts shouldn't have turned logs off, should they?

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