Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Victoria's Secret Fined for Security Leak 52

An anonymous reader submits: "The state of New York has fined Victoria's Secret for failing tomaintain secure access to customer purchase records. Last year, a customer noticed that it was possible to look up online purchase records by manipulating their website. However, this was not consistent with the company's posted privacy policy. After getting brushed by VS's Customer Service, the guy contacted the media. NY State AG Eliot Spitzer took action under 1930s laws regarding deceptive business practices. VS settled to pay a $50 000 fine, notification of affected customers, fixing the site, and all without admitting violation of law."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Victoria's Secret Fined for Security Leak

Comments Filter:
  • Victoria's Secret not so secret anymore.
  • by AtariAmarok ( 451306 ) on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @06:06PM (#7276293)
    I had a friend who worked in a Victoria's Secret. He made great use of the peepholes behind the dressing rooms. Talk about a security problem.
    • I've heard of these at "X"mart where my friend works on and off he is a graduate student/asst manager. About 2x a year he finds out about something like this.
    • > I had a friend who worked in a Victoria's Secret. He made great use of the peepholes behind the dressing rooms. Talk about a security problem.

      "That's not a bug, it's a feature!"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @06:14PM (#7276350)
    Here's the link to Victoria's Secret [victoriassecret.com] Web site. I mean, come on, you post a link to a newspaper article withouth actually linking through to this fine site?
  • by RalphBNumbers ( 655475 ) on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @06:23PM (#7276423)
    This guy publicized a security flaw, why hasn't he been sued yet?
  • by BrookHarty ( 9119 ) on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @06:24PM (#7276428) Homepage Journal
    Just Curious, if the State needed the support of the company, wouldnt they go after you for some DMCA laws? (Election year and such)

    Could you use the SLAPP law argument against the STATE or Company?

    Just seems the politics has a hand in this, if it wasnt Victoria Secrets, but a law firm, the person who reported it could have been targeted as a criminal.

    Nice to see the law work correctly for once. But then, anything can happen...
  • for failing tomaintain secure access to customer purchase records.

    Ah, I don'tfeelbadaboutallmytyposnow.
    • Tomaintain is not a typo. It is a new kind of fruit -- the cross between a tomato and a plantain. The extra 'i' is due to the redneck farmers (read: Homer Simpson) who created it. Sort of like tomacco, but not addictive. I just wonder what tomaintains have to do with Victoria's Secret.
  • by Speequinox ( 662721 ) on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @08:13PM (#7277195)
    http://www.oag.state.ny.us/internet/internet.html [state.ny.us]

    There's also info at the same page concerning some other cool Internet work that the NY Attorney General has done.

  • Why the hell is it (Score:3, Interesting)

    by elmegil ( 12001 ) on Tuesday October 21, 2003 @08:46PM (#7277421) Homepage Journal
    That corporations never have to admit guilt?

    If I break the law, I don't have the same luxury, how is this equal protection?

    • There is no circumstance in US law where you would be required to admit guilt. You may be fined, imprisoned, or executed, but you will never be required to admit guilt, or to confess guilt to anyone verbally or in writing. Sometimes individuals or corporations admit guilt as part of a settlement or plea bargain, but it is never forced upon anyone. So, you DO have equal protection (in this instance). YMMV
  • ....in everything that they sell;)
  • Victoria's Secret gets fined for having a
    "Don't get your panties in a bunch" attitude towards online purchase security.

  • I'd rather any girlfriend I had ran around butt nekkid. All those panties and bras just obstruct my view. Come on, baby, let those things bounce around free! They don't want to be cooped up in that there garmint! I want me some FREE-RANGE boobies, none of that veal-pen bra'd stuff. And everyone knows a wild, bushy forest beaver is much happier than a beat-down zoo beaver. Save the panty and bra money, babe, we'll use it to go to the shore...

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.

Working...