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Host Gator credit card info compromised? Should we worry?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by NotTheDude, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    I saw this link on Reddit.com tonight and thought I would get the input and opinion of the wise marketeers on BHW, to see what it really means(if it is even really an issue or not) as I know that BHW itself and many other marketers(members) here make part of their income through HostGator affiliate and/or use it for hosting.

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    Is there any corroborating evidence that this is the truth or just a disgruntled employee trying to cost his former employer?

    Should we all cancel our CC #'s that we have given to HostGator?
     
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    popcrdom29 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I haven't seen this from any other source as of yet but it is entirely possible. If there's a concern maybe people should contact the live help desk. I'm with them also but I use a temp debit card for all of my online transaction. I never use my main cc anywhere online.
     
  3. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    I have been doing this since 2003 after my first scammer charge.

    It's a good policy especially with domain companies that want to charge you the next year without you asking them to.

    Also for websites you are not completely sure about.

    A true Pro-tip.
     
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    Thanks for bringing this up! I didn't know about it, but I don't think there's anything to be worried about. Give it a few days to develop.

    So far there's just not enough evidence to prove that the CC's were compromised besides what one ex-employee's claims has happened.
     
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    well, i guess we'll find out within a week or 2 when people are posting threads about their bank accounts being wiped. don't know how legit that is, but if its true, thats pretty f**ked up.
     
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    consciousnesscreates Power Member

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    I have a virtual card and only the monthly charge for baby plan
    do I put on it which is like ten dollars max
     
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    This is a nice story about encryption and other shit. Sites advertise encryption keys with 10 million zillion bits, force you to submit password that contain at least one Ancient Egypt char and then store all of your precious info into unencrypted DB. I am sick of corporate world having double standards and law enforcement tax payed agents doing nothing about it.

    Question for them is: if everything is secure & encrypted, how on fcking earth is it possible for someone get CC numbers from database? They should be on court for that, charged under some misbehaviour act.

    I apologize for this rant of mine, but had to share it with someone :)

     
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    I agree - I also do not get this BS - unless it is just an excuse to sell your info to the mob while they claim ineptitude to cover for selling you out(we ALL know this happens way more than is reported)

    As far as the HostGator concern is...well...a concern... we don't have enough info to call it on, but to take precautions if you ARE exposed, would be the careful thing to do at this point until we know more.

    P.S. This really is yet another unintentional PSA for using a pre-paid DC or virtual CC numbers for EVERYthing.
     
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