DeviantART, the worlds largest social network for artists, has had their database exposed. DeviantART notified its users via its newsletter and stated that “Silverpop Systems, Inc., a leading marketing company that sends email messages for its clients, told us that information was taken from its servers. This was probably part of a sweep by spammers. As a result, email addresses belonging to deviantART members were copied. Corresponding usernames and birth date may also have been removed”.
The hacked database contained 13 million email address, and that along with email addresses, birth dates and usernames may have been leaked but passwords weren’t compromised.
In somewhat releated news, McDonald’s has also fallen victim to a similar fate. McDonald’s now warning customers that signed up for any promotions or registered at any McDonald’s online site that their email addresses and other personal data has been obtained by an unauthorized third party.
The fast-food restaurant placed up a FAQ page on their website regarding exactly what was breached in the attack. Included with the unauthorized access to customer emails, the third-party also got names, postal addresses, home or cell phone numbers, birth date, gender, and info about promotional preferences or web-based interests. Social Security Numbers and credit card numbers however weren’t included in the security breach as McDonald’s doesn’t store.
The data collected was from users who registered on one or more of the following McDonald’s websites: McDonalds.com, 365Black.com, McDonalds.ca, mcdonaldsmom.com, mcdlive.com, monopoly.com, playatmcd.com, or meencanta.com.