Register[.]com–one of the world’s largest internet registrars–is warning people to change their password and monitor their credit card account for suspicious activity following a massive security breach. The company stated in an email that the company learned on October 16th that “a third-party gained unauthorized access” in late August. It is not clear why it took until today for customers to be notified. It was unknown whether passwords were compromised. A spokesperson told the media, “We encrypt account passwords and do not believe this information is vulnerable as a specific result of this incident.” The password resets were just an “added precautionary measure,” according to the spokesperson.
Users of the Register[.]com are recommended to reset their password on their next login. Passwords should be unique to the login and made increasingly complex through the use of case sensitive letters, numbers and special characters. It is also recommended to employ credit monitoring on the linked banking account to defend against suspicious account activity.
More information on this breach can be found here: https://www.nzherald[.]co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12282126