Turns out the security over at Egghead wasn't very good.
Losing 3.1 million credit card numbers has got to put a damper on a lot of
Christmas cheer!! It's
too bad that this kind of theft will probably scare people away from online
purchases even when it's a database that's cracked rather than their transactions.
There's coverage over at MSNBC as well which mentions that Egghead was not the only
Got this from HNN:
MSNBC has reported that the CreditCard.com extortionist may have attempted
similar shock value driven antics once before. A considerable amount of
speculation surrounds the vailidity of the person who contacted MSNBC and
claimed responsibility for the CreditCard.com snafu. In the meantime,
CreditCards.com appears to be keeping relatively quiet throughout the ordeal and
The Seattle Times has a story about a high-school student
who has been suspended for cracking a school computer after being challenged to
do so by a teacher. The teacher says he wasn't serious. Scary stuff. Which pretty much explains why I decline to crack root on the HP 9000 machine in my college/uni - although in my case, its not quite the same thing since I've only been asked by students!