The venerable owner of the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, has notified customers of a breach that may have affected thousands.
Hackers gained unauthorized access and manipulated a subscription system to steal personal contact information, and were able to remain inside Dow Jones from August 2012 until at least July 2015.
In a letter to customers on Friday, Dow Jones Chief Executive William Lewis said that data from 3,500 individuals “could have been accessed, although we have discovered no direct evidence that information was stolen.” The breach also was “likely part of a broader campaign involving a number of other victim companies.”
He added, “It appears that the focus was to obtain contact information such as names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of current and former subscribers in order to send fraudulent solicitations.”
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