Hobby Search Hacked!

In this Information Age, we really need to be careful with how our information is transferred and stored.  I Just received an e-mail from Hobby Search yesterday regarding that their system have been hacked and many of their customers’ credit card information have been breached – including mine.  :(

Don’t you just hate it when you write this nice post, but then something happens and none of your content was saved?  Well, that’s what happened just now with this post.  I was about to post it when everything went blank and my saved version didn’t save the correct content.  That seriously blows.  Maybe my system has been hacked too?!  Ahhhhh!  XD

Well, for those of you who may not be aware, Hobby Search has just sent out a notice to their customers (or at least customers who are listed as being affected) that their database was hacked.  Yup, that’s right, hackers have breached Hobby Search’s system and collected 20,000+ credit card information of their customers.  If you have supplied Hobby Search with your credit card information prior to July 7, 2010, you may be affected.

I, for one, was affected –  whether it was due to Hobby Search’s security breach or not, I’m not sure.  But I recently received a call from my credit card’s security department notifying me of unusual transactions stemming out of Asia.  They were flagged and came out to around $1500 – luckily my CC company is pretty good at catching this stuff; they immediately cancelled my card and issued me a new one.

It really sucks when identity theft happens, it makes you feel violated in some way, n’est pas?  But in this day and age, it doesn’t surprise me things like this happen – my card has been compromised a couple of times before in my many years of online shopping so I guess I’m used to it – but it STILL SUCKS when it happens.  Online retailers really need to be more proactive in terms of their network security.

I’m not sure how publicly Hobby Search will want this to be known, but if they have posted this info on their site already, I’m guessing my post about this is okay.  Plus, I think it’d be good to get the word out so potentially affected customers can be aware and check their accounts!

While we (or I) can blame Hobby Search for their lack of security awareness, I’m glad they are admitting to their mistake and are doing something about it.  It would be even better if Hobby Search decides to provide affected customers some sort of “good faith” discount on a future purchase!  =P  Ah well, one can dream, right?  This event won’t stop me from purchasing from Hobby Search, but I think I’ll be sticking with Paypal – at least for the next little while.

I wanted to do some witty pictures with this post, but I’m away on business right now and don’t have access to my figures.  =(  I thought it’d be important to at least post this first and help get the word out though.  Will try to post some pics when I get back to spruce up this post a bit.

Anyone else out there affected by this from shopping with Hobby Search?

For more information, visit Hobby Search’s notice here.