Local ISP CrystalWeb hacked, some DSL account info exposed

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We were alerted just now by email that local internet service provider CrystalWeb was hacked recently, and a “limited number” of usernames and passwords for DSL accounts were exposed “by a third party”.

The company says as soon as it confirmed the hack, it brought its servers offline to analyse what had happened, and changed all affected account passwords and notified their owners.

There is some good news: CrystalWeb also said it’s confident that no personally-identifiable information or payment information was compromised in the breach; only some DSL usernames and passwords were affected.

All affected CrystalWeb customers are encouraged to log into their accounts and change their new passwords as an extra security measure.

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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.