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Shopped At Acer’s Website? Your Information May Have Been Stolen

By July 5, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Cybersecurity

BoughtXFromXAcerOne of the biggest problems about successful data breaches is the fact that if the hackers are really good, it can be quite some time before their target is even aware there’s a problem. This appears to be the case with Acer, the world’s largest computer manufacturer. Their webstore, Acer.com, was hacked more than a year ago, but the company is only just now finding out about it.

According to the company, it appears that credit card numbers, credit card CVV security codes, customer names and customer addresses were all accessed, though at this point, the company has not released an estimate of how many customers were impacted. They warn that if you made a purchase on Acer.com between May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016, your data may have been exposed.

The matter is currently being investigated by both the FBI and a data security firm that Acer has hired to assist, but until some estimate is released regarding the number of customers impacted, the best thing you can do is play it safe. Monitor your accounts and credit card statements, and if you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately. It would be advisable to report any credit cards you have on file at Acer.com as compromised and have new ones issued, and of course, immediately change your password if you have an account on the site.

This is but the latest in a long and growing string of high profile hacks, and is proof positive that no target is safe. As with every breach of this type, now is the time to remind all business owners, no matter what industry you’re in, and no matter how robust you believe your digital security to be, to do a thorough review of the security measures you have in place, and take whatever steps are necessary to bolster your digital security. Otherwise, the next company name in the headlines could be yours.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.