Live broadcasting service Livestream contacted its users this week by email to let them know that its systems may have been breached.
In the email that was received by users, the company said:
We recently discovered that an unauthorized person may have accessed our customer accounts database. While we are still investigating the full scope of the incident, it is possible that some of your account information may have been accessed.
This may include name, email address, an encrypted version of your password, and if you provided it to us, date of birth and/or phone number.
Livestream also noted that credit card numbers and payment information are not stored for users of the service, and it has no reason to believe that the (encrypted) passwords have been compromised.
For most of its registered users, there’s probably little to worry about in the immediate future; however there is still a danger that attackers could try and use the stolen data for identity fraud or possibly phishing scams at a later date.
If you happen to be one of the company’s several hundred thousand users, it’s definitely advisable to change your password as soon as possible, just to be on the safe side.
Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.