Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hershey's Website Hacked! What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself.



Is nothing sacred?

Hershey's has announced that their website has been hacked and someone has changed a recipe.  Hershey's did not give any details about which recipe had been altered, but they did stress that if you use the same log on password for the Hershey's web site on other web sites, sensitive accounts or for email that you should change your passwords for security reasons and as a precautionary measure.

Here is the email announcement that I received:

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----Original Message-----
From: Hershey Consumer Relations [mailto:do_not_reply@hersheys.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 5:15 PM

Subject: An Important Message from The Hershey Company


Dear Hershey Consumer,

At Hershey, we are committed to open communications with our consumers and
other stakeholders. As a result, we want to take a moment to inform you
about a recent incident and the steps we took to correct it.

We recently discovered that an unauthorized individual accessed one of our
websites and altered one of our baking recipes. As you know, Hershey's
recipes are built on our legacy of offering the highest-quality products for
more than 100 years. Consumers rely on us for this information, and we take
the quality of our baking and cooking recipes very seriously. We have
corrected the issue and taken steps to enhance the security of this
information. We have thoroughly investigated the situation and reviewed the
recipes on this site to ensure their quality. All indications are that this
incident involved only the site where we manage consumer baking and cooking
recipes.

No financial information was stored on the same server as our recipes, and
Hershey's online stores operate on a different system. However, the server
did contain consumer website registration information, including email
addresses, birthdates and street addresses as well as passwords used to
enter some of our sites.

We have no indication that any of this consumer information was compromised;
however, given the nature of this incident, we are acting out of an
abundance of caution and informing you that this server was accessed. We are
also outlining some steps to help you ensure your security whenever you use
the Internet and email.

If you used the same password on a Hershey website that you use for your
email or other sensitive accounts, please consider changing those passwords
as a precaution. For your security, we ask you to be especially aware of
email scams that ask for personal or sensitive information.


Remember, The Hershey Company never asks you to supply or verify sensitive
personal or financial information via email; only provide this type of
information through a secure website. If you receive a request for this type
of information, you can be confident that The Hershey Company is not the
organization making the request.

The following guidelines are offered by our information security experts to
help protect yourself online:

-       Vary your passwords by site
-       Use strong passwords
-       Change your passwords frequently
-       Use caution when opening email links or attachments from unknown
senders

We appreciate your loyalty to The Hershey Company and regret any
inconvenience this may have caused.  We take this matter very seriously and
have enhanced our security measures to ensure the quality of our recipes.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call us at
1-800-468-1714 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Sincerely,

Hershey Consumer Relations

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