September 15, 2006 8:07 AM PDT

Nikon magazine hit with security breach

Nikon World magazine subscribers were hit with a security breach, camera giant Nikon said this week.

The breach, which lasted nine hours on Tuesday, revealed the personal and financial information of 3,235 subscribers.

The security breach affected Nikon World's online registration site, according to an advisory posted in the upper-right corner of the main page of publication's Web site.

The incident marks the latest in a long string of security issues linked to potential or actual identity theft.

During a nine-hour period Tuesday, nine new Nikon World subscribers were able to view personal information of 3,235 individuals who had registered for the magazine, going back to Jan. 1. The information that was accessible included subscribers' addresses, contact details and credit card information.

The security breach arose due to a system failure by an outside vendor that Nikon World uses, the company said. The problem has since been resolved, it said.

Nikon notified all affected subscribers of the security breach and contacted the nine individuals who were able to access the information, it said.

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Just a reminder
Nikon is a reputable company, never thought they'd be dealing with something like this. I guess it's a reminder that ANY company can experience a security breach. You can never be too safe when it comes to your personal information. <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://essentialsecurity.com/Documents/article16.htm" target="_newWindow">http://essentialsecurity.com/Documents/article16.htm</a>
These companies should be limiting the kind of information they collect from customers. If data isn't absolutely pertinent, it shouldn't be collected. Too much is at risk here.
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Reputable?
Nikon may be reputable, but the only reason a magazine site would
archive the credit card numbers of subscribers is to juice up a
sucker database they rent to "partners." Credit card entry should be
wiped ASAP at subscription fulfillment sites.
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