Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

Personal data hacked from Ashmolean Museum website

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PERSONAL data of nearly 8,000 people has been hacked from the Ashmolean Museum’s website.

The cyber-attack meant the details of 7,757 people who had bought tickets to the museum’s exhibitions online were extracted by an unknown hacker.

But the hack has not affected everyone who has used the Beaumont Street museum’s website to book tickets.

Details which were exposed are the names, e-mails, addresses and telephone numbers of those affected.

Ashmolean spokesman Claire Parris said: “A cyber-attack on the Ashmolean Museum’s website was recently identified and quickly blocked.

“No financial information and no sensitive personal data were exposed in the attack.

“Museum staff are working with staff of the university’s IT Services to manage the response to the incident and are doing everything possible to ensure there are no further such attacks.”

The museum has written to those affected to apologise for the security breach and has reported the incident to the Information Commissioner.

Botley resident Paul Fisher, 40, was one of those affected by the cyber-attack.
He said: “The first thing I did was change my email password.

“It's worrying that this seems to be happening regularly, but it's good that they got in touch with me as soon as they could.”.

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4:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WestOxonian says...

I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...
I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ... WestOxonian
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12:01am Thu 19 Jun 14

oxford_bert says...

WestOxonian wrote:
I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...
At least they knew and informed you. Imagine, just for a second, that the
Asmolean website was run by people who didn't even realise they'd been hacked (many, many UK websites). You wouldn't be making comments like these then because you wouldn't even know. For a company to openly admit they'd been hacked and contact all the potential vicitms shows excellent customer service imo. My advice is a) don't use the same password across sites - especially ones that match your gmail account and b) be grateful the Ashmolean has admitted and advertised this breach.
[quote][p][bold]WestOxonian[/bold] wrote: I was delighted to get an email on Saturday to say that someone in Turkey and then Costa Rica had attempted to hack into my Gmail account (via my Ashmolean booking details0. I've had to since cancel my bank card in case my Gmail account contained any sensitive financial information and change my Gmail password which has led to synching issues on my mobile phone. Just marvellous ...[/p][/quote]At least they knew and informed you. Imagine, just for a second, that the Asmolean website was run by people who didn't even realise they'd been hacked (many, many UK websites). You wouldn't be making comments like these then because you wouldn't even know. For a company to openly admit they'd been hacked and contact all the potential vicitms shows excellent customer service imo. My advice is a) don't use the same password across sites - especially ones that match your gmail account and b) be grateful the Ashmolean has admitted and advertised this breach. oxford_bert
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8:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

Icefrog says...

The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy
.co/pc-keylogger.htm
l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible.
The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy .co/pc-keylogger.htm l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible. Icefrog
  • Score: 1

8:18am Thu 19 Jun 14

Icefrog says...

The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy
.co/pc-keylogger.htm
l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible.
The world is too crazy and insecure. Hackers can get very personal information that they need by hacking. Sometimes, they can even find out the password using special hack tools. It's worth mentioning that hack can be very useful in certain condition. A child of my neighborhood behaved erratically some time ago, her parents used Micro keylogger http://www.remotespy .co/pc-keylogger.htm l to get her FB password to find that someone was trying to tempt her into taking drugs. That is terrible. Icefrog
  • Score: 1

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