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Data breach at Time Warner Cable. Up to 320,000 users affected

Data breach at Time Warner Cable. Up to 320,000 users affected
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If you're one of Time Warner Cable's 16 million subscribers, your personal information may have been compromised. The FBI alerted the cable-Internet-phone provider of a possible breach that you need to know about.

Frighteningly, Time Warner Cable doesn't yet know how your information was stolen. But it is informing at least 320,000 customers that their information may have been stolen.

The stolen information includes your email and your email password. It's not clear how the cybercriminals accessed your email accounts, but it may have involved a phishing scam.

In phishing scams, hackers lure you into their scam with emails that look like they're from respectable companies, such as Time Warner Cable. Note: Do you know how to spot a phishing scam? Click here to find out.

When you open the phishing email, you'll be asked to click on a link in it. That link will take you to the cybercriminals' phony website.

There, they'll ask you to input your personal information, like your email address and password. They may also infect your computer with malware, possibly to hold your personal information, like banking credentials, until you pay a ransom.

Time Warner Cable says there is no indication that its computer systems were breached. However, it's possible other companies it partners with may have suffered a breach.

Keep reading Happening Now for any new developments. In the meantime, Time Warner Cable is sending out letters to its customers.

It'll encourage you to update your password. (Read here to find out how to create a super-tough password.)

 

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Source: Reuters
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