Hacked: The Wall Street Journal’s Subscriber Base

The CEO of Dow Jones, the parent company of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has released a statement confirming that the company’s subscriber database was the target of a hack. The credit card details and contact information of 3,500 subscribers may have been compromised.

If you’re a Wall Street Journal subscriber and don’t get a letter anytime, you can breathe easy.

William Levis, CEO of Dow Jones has released a statement to confirm that there was “unauthorized access” their systems.

The statement in its entirety can be found here [PDF].

He states that the attackers behind the hack were looking to obtain current and former subscribers’ information such as:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Email Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Payment Card Information

Although the statement did not reveal when the breach occurred, the hacked publication noted the unauthorized access took place between August 2012 and July 2015 in an article on its website.

Levis also noted that there was no “direct evidence that information was stolen,” after an extensive review undertaken by the company.

What the investigation has revealed thus far is the possible compromise of “payment card and contact information of fewer than 3,500 individuals” who could have been accessed, according to statement.

The company is currently working with law enforcement officials and a ‘leading cybersecurity firm’ to assist in the investigation.

The letters sent to affected subscribers will include information about additional support offered by the company.

He added:

If you do not receive such a letter, we have no indication that your financial information was involved.

Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.