Dow Jones the Latest Victim of Data Breach
Last Friday, Dow Jones & Co. announced that hackers had accessed the payment card and contact information for approximately 3,500 current and former subscribers.
Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s, said the hackers sought this contact information in an effort to send out fraudulent solicitations.
William Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Dow Jones, said in a letter to customers that law-enforcement officials had notified the company in late July that there may have been a breach. With the help of a cybersecurity firm, the company determined the unauthorized access happened between August 2012 and July 2015.
Lewis went on to say “we have discovered no direct evidence that information was stolen,” and said the hack was “likely part of a broader campaign involving a number of other victim companies.”
The company notified individuals who may have been affected in a separate letter and provided them with information about support the company was offering. The announcement went on to state, “If you do not receive such a letter, we have no indication that your financial information was involved.”
Lewis told subscribers to be on the lookout for possible phishing attacks, like suspicious e-mails asking users to click on a link and provide personal information, avoid calls from unknown sources, and use security software that updates automatically.
If a customer does notice suspicious activity related to his or her Dow Jones Account, they are encouraged to call customer service at 1-800-JOURNAL.
Just two weeks ago, Scottrade, an online discount brokerage firm, confirmed it was the victim of a data breach that took place during late 2013 and early 2014.
According to data from the 2014 Alliance for Audited Media, The Wall Street Journal has a daily average circulation of 2.3 million.