Data Breach at IEEE.Org: 100k Plaintext Passwords. Dragusin, R.
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IEEE suffered a data breach which I discovered on September 18 (UPDATE: the breach is now confirmed). For a few days I was uncertain what to do with the information and the data. On September 24, I let them know, and they fixed (at least partially) the problem. The usernames and passwords kept in plaintext were publicly available on their FTP server for at least one month prior to my discovery. Among the almost 100,000 compromised users are Apple, Google, IBM, Oracle and Samsung employees, as well as researchers from NASA, Stanford and many other places. I did not and will not make the raw data available to anyone else.
@article{dragusinDataBreachIEEE2012,
  title = {Data Breach at {{IEEE}}.Org: 100k Plaintext Passwords},
  author = {Dragusin, Radu},
  date = {2012-09},
  url = {http://www.webcitation.org/6AygOSsCZ},
  abstract = {IEEE suffered a data breach which I discovered on September 18 (UPDATE: the breach is now confirmed). For a few days I was uncertain what to do with the information and the data. On September 24, I let them know, and they fixed (at least partially) the problem. The usernames and passwords kept in plaintext were publicly available on their FTP server for at least one month prior to my discovery. Among the almost 100,000 compromised users are Apple, Google, IBM, Oracle and Samsung employees, as well as researchers from NASA, Stanford and many other places. I did not and will not make the raw data available to anyone else.},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-11329574,data,data-breach,ieee,software-errors}
}
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