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iBill customers exposed

by Nikola Strahija on March 9th, 2006 Security experts warn that over 17 million of iBill customers are exposed on the internet, and that their personal data can be bought through malicious channels.


Secure Science discovered the private data of 17 mil people sitting on a phishing website in February 2005. They've reported it to the FBI instantly. Sunbelt Software discovered an additional 1 mil entries on a spamming website. Both these companies presume that it was an inside job.

Wired News, who examined the data available, said that names, phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses and internet IP addresses, logins and passwords, credit-card types and purchase amounts of iBill customers can be found in the database.

Apart from the dangers of having their sensitive private information revealed to anyone ready to buy it, iBill customers have to deal with shame too. As it turns out, iBill was a top credit-card processor for porn websites from 1998 to 2003, from which period the databases are dated.

iBill's luck changed significantly since that time, it was resold a couple of times after all major credit card companies refused to do any more business with it. The former iBill company is now a part of Interactive Brand Development.

But, what is most troublesome is that neither the company nor the FBI issued any warning for the victims. This is because US law states that if SSN and credit card numbers were not exposed, the warnings don't have to be published.


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