For the third time in a week, WWE has been forced into an emergency PR campaign. In a report from Forbes, Thomas Fox-Brewster revealed that there has been a massive leak of personal information concerning WWE Network subscribers.
"Earlier this week, Bob Dyachenko, from security firm Kromtech, told Forbes he'd uncovered a huge, unprotected WWE database containing information on more than 3 million users, noting it was open to anyone who knew the web address to search. Looking at samples of the leaked information provided by Dyachenko, all data was stored in plain text."
The data includes addresses, birthdays, children's ages, and gender all of which were sitting unprotected on an Amazon server. Which WWE department is responsible for this vulnerable situation is still unclear, but the company has released an official statement:
"Although no credit card or password information was included, and therefore not at risk, WWE is investigating a vulnerability of a database housed on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has now been secured. WWE utilizes leading cybersecurity firms Smartronix and Praetorian to manage data infrastructure and cybersecurity and to conduct regular security audits on AWS. We are currently working with Amazon Web Services, Smartronix and Praetorian to ensure the ongoing security of our customer information"
It's worth reiterating that vital and personally compromising information was not part of this leak. Instead of payment information, this looks like data corraled in a WWE survey of its customers. This makes for an important distinguishment - all of this information was voluntarily supplied by WWE fans. So don't go canceling your WWE Network, just yet. However, this puts WWE in a predicament and one that will need some type of reconciliation.0comments
This can only be seen as a negative for WWE, but as of now, it's one they'll walk away from. Here's to hoping that this is the end of massive leaks for the company and today will only serve as a reminder to be more careful.
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