LIVE BLOGGING WEB SITE Coveritlive has admitted that it was hit by an attack involving unauthorised access to proprietary data.
The US firm said the attack started earlier this month but does not know exactly what data was accessed. However, it confirmed that no financial information has been compromised. An investigation of the situation is underway.
The firm said in an email, "Coveritlive recently discovered that certain proprietary data files were accessed without authorization starting on or about January 7, 2012. We have not yet determined if, or to what extent, Coveritlive account information (i.e., user names, email addresses and/or passwords) was accessed."
Coveritlive said as of last Saturday all users will be asked to change their passwords when they log in. The software is a popular tool that the media, including The INQUIRER, uses to cover events such as keynote speeches as they happen.
Coveritlive said that all passwords are encrypted as standard and it is advising users to change login details for other web sites that use the same combination of email and password.
Coveritlive said on Twitter:
Wanted to continue to extend humble apologies to our entire base of customers. Team is available 24x7 via email for account questions.— coveritlive (@coveritlive) January 14, 2012
We've contacted Coveritlive for an update on the issue and will update this story when we hear back. In the meantime the company is advising customers to be wary of phishing attacks and warned users not to share sensitive information via email. µ