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    The digital comic book seller, ComiXology, whose iPad application is consistently one of the top grossing options on Apple’s App Store recently informed users that it was victim to a security breach and users must reset their passwords. In an email to users, ComiXology revealed that an “unauthorized individual” accessed a database containing usernames, email addresses and cryptographically protected passwords. Payment information associated with accounts isn’t stored on the company’s servers and was therefore not included with the data obtained in the breach.

    Although the passwords stolen were encrypted, ComiXology is nevertheless requiring users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. The company has also recommended that users change their password on any other website where they may use the same or a similar password.

    ComiXology apologized to users and said that it has taken on measures to strengthen its security going forward. Purchases through ComiXology iOS applications are controlled by Apple through an iTunes account but the company’s cloud-based platform allows digital titles to be synced with other applications and viewed on other devices through a separate ComiXology account as well.

    The email sent out said the following:

    Dear Comics Reader,

    In the course of a recent review and upgrade of our security infrastructure, we determined that an unauthorized individual accessed a database of ours that contained usernames, email addresses, and cryptographically protected passwords.

    Payment account information is not stored on our servers.

    Even though we store our passwords in protected form, as a precautionary measure we are requiring all users to change their passwords on the comiXology platform and recommend that you promptly change your password on any other website where you use the same or a similar password. You can reset your comiXology.com password here.

    We have taken additional steps to strengthen our security procedures and systems, and we will continue to implement improvements on an ongoing basis.

    Please note that we will never ask you for personal or account information in an e-mail, so exercise caution if you receive emails that ask for personal information or direct you to a site where you are asked to provide personal information.

    We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected]


    For those of you who didn’t know, ComiXology is the largest cloud-based comic seller, offering both digital comics from both Marvel and DC. For years, it has been the top-grossing non-game application available on the iPad.

    In addition, ComiXology also powers digital comic sales for official Marvel and DC applications on iOS, both of which also frequently appear among the top grossing options on the iPad App Store.

    Source: ComiXology

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    2014-03-07 04:00 AM