Are we really that safe online? After an outage incident, a major bookstore has informed its customers that their personal details have been exposed. This is at a time when expected Christmas shopping is projected to be strong. Consequently, competition with Amazon is likely to be fierce. Although in itself personal details are not that much of a risk in others hands. They are pretty sought after in the black market. As a result, details can be paired up with other data and used to steal identities and commit fraud with them. The company has admitted that the cyber attack made on it exposed names, addresses and shipping & billing information is out there. They have warned on the possibility of unsolicited emails.
This is not the first big company that has had this kind of cyber attack to leave its customers vulnerable. A number of high profile companies have experienced this.