A Comcast email hack has become a massive problem, which the cable company is allegedly doing nothing about. They have said nothing about it to their myriad cable customers.
Comcast cable customers have allegedly been left in the dark and may have had their account details leaked to the public.
It all started last week when the hacker group NullCrew FTS hacked into the Comcast servers, exploiting a system-wide vulnerability. Now it’s very possible that if you are a Comcast cable customer, your password is available to the general public. The only thing you can do to protect your account is to change your password, and even that might not be enough.
NullCrew Vs Comcast: http://t.co/D8szZkXLt4 – Have fun, everyone.
— NullCrew (@NullCrew_FTS) February 5, 2014
When NullCrew FTS gained access to possibly over 34 servers owned by Comcast, they posted details about how to exploit the hole they found on Pastebin. It wasn’t until after the post was taken down a day later that Comcast even acknowledged anything was wrong. In that 24 hour time span, every single Xfinity email address could have been exposed, though Comcast denies it.
In a response to the Comcast email hack, the cable company posted the following:
“We’re aware of the situation and are aggressively investigating it. We take our customers’ privacy and security very seriously and we currently have no evidence to suggest any personal customer information was obtained in this incident.”
Considering how open the vulnerability was to the entire internet, and that the information on how to access it was linked on Twitter, you can bet something was compromised. The time period in which the servers were open to internet-wide attack, customers complained about slow internet speeds, indicating several attacks at once.
Why would NullCrew FTS attempt the Comcast email hack? It’s probably the same reason any hacker with bad intentions does anything; because they can. The hacker group had discovered the vulnerability as far back as December 2013 and Comcast hadn’t done anything to patch the hole the hackers eventually exploited.
Comcast is keeping customers in the dark after an apparent hack of the company’s mail servers last week. http://t.co/ctUbQrIXkU
— SRIG Solutions, LLC (@SRIG911) February 11, 2014
Could it be that thanks to NullCrew FTS, we now know that due to the Comcast email hack, the cable company’s security is about as safe as that of Yahoo? It’s a regular occurrence for Yahoo email addresses to be compromised. Changing your password regularly is the only way to be sure that nobody’s sending offers for Viagra or links to porn sites to your friends and family under your name.
There is no such thing as absolute security, but the best thing you can do to maintain what security you have is to regularly change your passwords. NullCrew FTS has proven it with their Comcast email hack.