De Agostini School, the department of the famous publisher dealing with textbooks and resources Distance learningIt is finished under hacker attack. This was stated by the same company in an email notice sent to its users, clarifying that during the action it is possible that part of the data of the users of the Deascuola.it website was stolen, including the login details for the online portal Which Enter your username and password. The number of people involved it could be 250,000although the company has not confirmed this detail.
Was for over a week In fact, the most active online users suspected that something like this might have happened. Similar to the news from the telephone operator Ho Mobile in the last few days List a data archive Belonging to De Agostini Scuola and composed of the information gathered about its users; The group replied that they were “analyzing data breach issues” but did not provide any further updates on the matter until a few hours ago.
The unconfirmed number of the 250,000 users affected comes precisely from the first rumors about the database on sale, while the group’s official communications to potential victims emphasize that the company has always given “the greatest attention to privacy” . Similar statements, however, contradict the original content of the letter, in which De Agostini had to admit that the possible violation could lead to it Identity theft, Stay away Phishing or Access to other websites that use the same username and password combination that is used in the group portal.
In short, the stolen information could mainly hide personal data such as first and last name and others Personal information Useful for potential criminals to pose as the victim of illegal activity, but not only: the mention of potential access to other websites suggests that the website has been stolen even passwordsthat should at least be protected by encryption systems in every online security goal. After all, it is not clear whether and what type of information about minors receiving services and products from the portal was stolen during the course of the campaign.
At the moment the advice is to everyone who is registered on the portal Think of the combination of username and password locally Used for Access: If the pair has been reused for other sites, you must first take an action change it so as not to lose access. It is not for nothing that De Agostini has forced a reset of the passwords of the users on its website, which they now have to reset: the old keywords are obviously no longer considered safe by the company.
Here is the full text of the message sent to users:
We hereby inform you that we have become aware of a possible breach of personal data (a so-called “data breach”) that is available on the “deascuola.it” portal.
We conduct rigorous internal investigations, but we cannot rule out a possible data breach that could lead to identity theft, phishing activities or unauthorized access to the portal or other websites with the same name. D. User and password were used. in the portal.
To minimize this risk, we have reset your password. The next time you access the “deascuola.it” portal, you will be asked to choose a new password. As an additional precaution, we also recommend that you change your username and password to access other websites, applications or digital services, as long as they match those used to access our portal.
Our company has always attached great importance to the protection of privacy, in particular to the adoption of security measures in accordance with the highest market standards as well as the requirements of the legislation on the protection of personal data. personal data in order to avoid security incidents that inadvertently or unlawfully include destruction, loss, modification, unauthorized disclosure or access to the personal data processed by us.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
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