Bowker Investigating Breach of ISBN Site

Jim Milliot reports:

In a notice posted on its website late last week, R.R. Bowker said it has learned that unauthorized charges were being made on its website, which is responsible for issuing ISBNs.

The company said its preliminary investigation has found that the breach appears to have happened over the course of multiple days, from May 1 through October 23. Bowker noted, though, that its investigation is ongoing, and it could not provide details about its investigation at press time.

One of the issues publishers, authors, and other industry members are most concerned about is whether the integrity of the ISBN registry was compromised. If it was, this could lead to royalty payments being diverted.

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