Web.com Suffers Data Breach Affecting 93,000 Customers

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The list of companies hit by cyber-attacks continues to grow.  This time, Florida-based web hosting company, Web.com, has announced that it suffered a data breach that may have compromised credit card information and other personal information belonging to about 93,000 of its customers.

Web.com provides a variety of online services, including website and Facebook page design, e-commerce and marketing solutions, domain registration and Web hosting.  The company claims to have over 3.3 million customers and owns two other well-known Web services companies—Register.com and Network Solutions—neither of which was affected by the breach.

According to the company, the breach was detected on August 13 and has since been resolved.  The company uncovered the unauthorized activity through its ongoing security monitoring.  It did not specify how the intruders gained access to its systems, but stated that it has contacted law enforcement and hired a “nationally recognized” IT security firm to conduct a thorough investigation.  The company is also offering a year of free credit monitoring to those affected by the breach.

“Web.com has very strong and sophisticated security measures in place to protect our computer systems and we regularly review and update our security protocols,” the company said in a FAQ published on its site.  “Unfortunately, cybercrime is a persistent threat in today’s world. Despite our best efforts, no business is immune.”

Since the disclosure of the breach, stock in Web.com has tumbled nearly 10 percent.

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