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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center systems compromised by cyber-thieves

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES — The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center said Tuesday it was recently the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack that, according to data security and technology experts, was designed to collect credit card, social security numbers and other financial information.

LA Gay and Lesbian Center

LA Gay and Lesbian Center

The Center said that although there is no evidence that anyone’s information was actually accessed or acquired, it is working with law enforcement officials to identify those responsible, and is notifying approximately 59,000 clients and former clients that information related to them may have been compromised between September 17, 2013 and November 8, 2013.

The information potentially exposed may have included name, contact information, credit card information, medical or health care information, Social Security number, date of birth, and health insurance account number.

An compromise was was first suspected after an employee on the Center’s information technology team became suspicious that sophisticated malware may have evaded the Center’s security measures.

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The Center said it retained the services of data security and technology consultants who determined that the attack was designed to acquire Social Security numbers, credit card information and other financial data.

“After learning of this attack, we took immediate steps to further safeguard the information currently on our servers and, though no organization can ever be assured that its data is 100 percent protected, we are working with data security and technology experts to guard against future attacks,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.

For those who are potentially impacted, the Center has engaged Experian, one of the leading providers of credit monitoring, to provide one free year of its ProtectMyID Alert product.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. What a shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:10pm
  2. It happens to businesses all the time. Google had that problem a while back.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:12pm
  3. :/

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:15pm
  4. What’s next. No one is safe anymore.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:09pm
  5. Glad they were able to detect it!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:10pm
  6. Thieves will be thieves. They don’t care who they hurt.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:26pm
  7. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:38pm
  8. Hope that an IT expert could help them for free

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:44pm
  9. But why?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:07am
  10. WE WILL CATCH THEM DONT WORRY THEY WILL FEEL VERY SORRY FB

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:57am
  11. Very sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:15am
  12. this type of thing is a common occurrence around the world. A good to time to review the security standards..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:43pm
  13. Idc how illegal you think it is, y’all need to hire a hacker.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:13pm
  14. I hope these cyber-thieves are severely punished.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:21pm