LivingSocial Warns 50 Million Customers of Cyberattack

LivingSocial Inc., a daily deal coupons site, said that more than 50 million customers may have been affected by a cyberattack, and the company is working with law enforcement to investigate the matter.

LivingSocial is communicating with customers whose data may have been breached, the Washington-based company said in an e-mailed statement today. That includes clients in every country where LivingSocial operates, except South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, which use different systems, the company said.

Chief Executive Officer Tim O’Shaughnessy sent an e-mail to LivingSocial employees informing them of that attack on its computer systems, which resulted in customer data being compromised. While data that was accessed includes names, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, credit-card information was not accessed, O’Shaughnessy wrote.

In the e-mail to customers, LivingSocial is recommending that affected users create a new password, and if they use the same password on other sites, to change it accordingly.

(Company corrects statement to remove Malaysia from list of countries in second paragraph.)
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