Twee T-shirts ‘n’ merch purveyor CafePress had 23 million user records swiped – reportedly back in February – and this morning triggered a mass password reset, calling it a change in internal policy.
Details of the security breach emerged when infosec researcher Troy Hunt’s Have I Been Pwned service – which lists websites known to have been hacked, allowing people to check if their information has been stolen – began firing out emails to affected people in the small hours of this morning.
According to HIBP, a grand total of 23,205,290 CafePress customers’ data was swiped by miscreants, including email addresses, names, phone numbers, and physical addresses.
We have asked CafePress to explain itself and will update this article if the company responds. There was no indication on its UK or US websites at the time of writing to indicate that the firm had acknowledged any breach.
Musing on the 77 per cent of email addresses from the breach having been seen in previous HIBP reports, Woodward said that factoid “brings me to a problem that isn’t being discussed that much, and which this kind of breach does highlight: the use of email as the user name. It’s clearly meant to make life easier for users, but the trouble is once hackers know an email has been used as a username in one place it is instantly useful for mounting credential-stuffing attacks elsewhere.”
“I wonder,” he told The Register, “if we shouldn’t be using unique usernames and passwords for each site. However, it would mean that it becomes doubly difficult to keep track of your credentials, especially if you’re using different strong passwords for each site, which I hope they are. But all users need do is start using a password manager, which I really wish they would.”