Sophisticated Attack Yields Data On IEEE Members

Paul Roberts reports:

IEEE, the world’s leading society for technical professionals, has warned some 800 members that their credit card and personal information may have been stolen. The FBI has been notified of the breach.

The group disclosed the November, 2010 breach in a letter to the New Hampshire Attorney General, dated February 24, in keeping with that state’s data privacy law. While the source and purpose of the security breach aren’t known, IEEE’s membership of technical professionals raises concerns about whether group members might be the targets of sophisticated phishing and social engineering attacks using stolen data.

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