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Major newspaper hacked! YOUR personal info held for ransom

Major newspaper hacked! YOUR personal info held for ransom
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Attention Wall Street Journal readers!

The newspaper announced that it has been the victim on a cyberattack.

A hacker who goes by the name wOrm got into one of the company's graphic servers, not anything to do with customer data - or so the Wall Street Journal claims ... but wOrm has a different story. He's offering to sell all user information obtained in the attack.

He apparently also has the ability to control The Journal's servers, meaning he can add content, add viruses and malicious links, delete users, add new users and more on WSJ.com.

However a spokeswoman for the Journal said not to worry:

"We are investigating an incident related to wsj.com's graphics systems. At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data."

Andrew Komarov, chief executive of IntelCrawler, a Los Angeles-based cybersecurity firm, was the first to point out the vulnerability to the Journal:

"We confirmed there is the opportunity to get access to any database on the wsj.com server, a list of over 20 databases hosted on this server," he said. The vulnerability was in a graphics database involving maps, he said.

Cyberattacks aren't anything new. In fact, they are becoming more and more frequent. You will want to take steps to make sure your data is protected in case of a cyberattack. Click here for three steps you need to take to protect yourself from account hacks. 

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