Philips, Police Looking Into Breach, 200K Email Addresses Leaked

Add electronics giant Philips to the list of companies that have suffered data breaches over the last year. The company had a server containing a variety of information, including 200,000 e-mail addresses, compromised earlier this month, according to a report from the UK’s V3.

Add electronics giant Philips to the list of companies that have suffered data breaches over the last year. The company had a server containing a variety of information, including 200,000 e-mail addresses, compromised earlier this month, according to a report from the UK’s V3.

The report cites a Pastebin dump on Feb. 13 by alleged hackers “Bch195” and “Hax0r,” along with links of information posted to privatepaste.com and an image that shows which of the site’s domains they appear to have accessed.

“Within an hour Philips became aware of the event, the compromised server was shut down,” according to a company spokesman who discussed the attack with the publication.

The Dutch electronics company told Reuters Thursday it was cooperating with police in connection with an investigation around a “possible criminal cyber security breach,” yet wouldn’t confirm that any customer information or sensitive company data had actually been put at risk.

While the leak appears to be less substantial than some other recents ones, Philips looks to be following in the footsteps of companies like Epsilon, Citigroup and Sony, all of whom had some form of information compromised over the past year.

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