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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 11, March 11, 2001, Article 10

BIBLIOFIND BREACH 

   From The Standard, March 6, 2001 
   (http://www.thestandard.com/): 

   "As Amazon's stock zoomed yesterday, news emerged 
   of a serious security breach at one of its subsidiaries. 
   Bibliofind.com,  based in Massachusetts, revealed that a 
   week ago it discovered that its system had been visited 
   by intruders "monthly" since last October.  The company 
   announced that personal data on 98,000 of its customers, 
   including credit-card numbers and addresses, had been 
   compromised. 

   Amazon bought Bibliofind's parent company, Exchange.com, 
   in 1999.  Bibliofind lists more than 20 million rare books 
   and ephemera for sale by independent booksellers. 

   News outlets gave the break-in story scant coverage 
   yesterday and today.  InternetNews was among the first to 
   post on Monday, and its sister operation InternetNewsRadio 
   led yesterday's newscast with a story on the security breach. 
   Most of the press accounts leaned hard on a statement by 
   an Amazon.com spokesman that no customer data at the 
   parent company had been put at risk. 

   CNN reported that when Bibliofind reopened for business 
   on Monday, it was operating strictly as a matching service 
   for buyers and sellers of rare books, not as a broker of 
   monetary transactions." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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