I was reading an article about a security breach that occurred at an E-Commerce site called Buy.com. This is concerning because I do so much shopping online. It was kind of a wake-up call because I always take for granted that our information will be secured by the site's security system. This security breach suggests something otherwise. This e-commerce site was negligent in securing the information of its consumers.
According to Wired News, a security hole on buy.com's website exposed the personal information of customers who returned products to the company. Based on the lax security system on Buy.com's website, visitors were able to look through the names, addresses, and phone numbers of customers. This security breach that lasted for several hours affected hundreds to thousands of customers.
The security breach occurred because the website server stored each customers information on URLs based on customer numbers. But if someone changed the customer numbers in the URL, they would be able to view other customers' return labels. I don't know if this makes sense to you, but to put it simply, this security was very lax. it would be the equivalent of me being able to tap into your information on this site by simply typing in a new number on the URL.
This is an abomination because Buy.com claims that, "your personal and account information is secure, consistent with current industry standards."
If that is the case, then we are all in trouble if we decide to use any E-commerce sites.
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