Halloween Security Breach
By Sean Blanchfield
PageFair security breach has been resolved – here is what you need to know.
Update 1 – 21:30 GMT November 1, 2015
The attack was sophisticated and specifically targeted against PageFair, but it is unacceptable that the hackers could gain access to any of our systems. We identified the breach immediately, but it still took over 80 minutes to fully shut it down. During this time, visitors to websites owned by the publishers who have placed their trust in us were targeted by these hackers.
The damage was mitigated by our standard security practices, but the attackers still gained access. I want to take some time here to describe exactly what happened, how it may have affected some of your visitors, and what we are doing to prevent this from ever happening again.
We will update this post as we establish more facts.
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