LivingSocial reports hack that could affect data of 50 million customers

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LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals company, has been suffered from a hack that could have affected the data of more than 50 million customers, AllThingsD first reported Friday based on an email obtained from CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy to employees. The email said that LivingSocial had experienced “cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data.”

A LivingSocial representative confirmed the hack with us, and said that the company would be contacting the more than 50 million users who might have been affected, sending them emails explaining what happened and encouraging them to reset their passwords. The hack affected all of the company’s users except those in South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, since data for those users is stored on different servers.

The hack comes as large consumer web companies are increasingly facing scrutiny regarding their security measures. In February Twitter reported that hackers may have accessed data on 250,000…

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