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Author Topic: Alamy targetted by theives  (Read 2913 times)

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« on: February 22, 2011, 18:18 »
Reported via the forums. It seems that all whose images have been stolen have been contacted directly.
Interesting that this theft has been done via legitimate log-ins.


« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 18:40 »
Sorry to hear this.  It hasn't affected me directly, as I don't shoot editorial, but still disturbing to hear yet another site targeted by thieves. 

Sounds like a different gang than hit the micros, since the ones on the micros used stolen credit cards, and it sounds like this was a case of hacked accounts.   

« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 10:09 »
Thanks for the link, ShadySue.

It's very helpful that James West, Alamy's CEO, discusses details of the theft of the images - type of images stolen (mainly celebrities), list of ways Alamy suspects thefts were done, their immediate and longer range ways they are dealing to prevent/limit it in future - including working with competitors and customers.
smiles - Ann


« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 00:18 »
I didn't get the letter so I guess my celebs aren't the right kind to steal. :)

This part always got me. I ran a website back in the dialup days. I'd bet if I went to my members list from 1988 and looked at their email accounts on the Internet, they are still using the same or similar passwords. Some sites force letters and numbers now, and 8 characters, but really, many people have one password for just about everything!

The underlying issue, however, is an industry wide one. A large proportion of the customers we have spoken to whose accounts have been compromised are using the same login and password details across multiple sites, often with very simple and easy-to-guess passwords.

So lets say these buyers have an account at some smaller photo site, which hasn't got tight security, or maybe even one that has sold the list to thieves? Now the accounts and passwords are out, and they raided IS and FT and Alamy?

Don't blame the agencies, unless it's one of them that's behind this.

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