Ziff pays $125K to settle security breach

Tuesday, 3 September 2002, 10:57 AM EST

Publisher Ziff-Davis has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle legal actions brought after a security breach that exposed customer credit card details on the Web.

The States of New York, Vermont and California will receive $100,000 from Ziff to cover their costs in investigating a breach that exposed some "12,000 subscription orders last year", according to ZDNet. Ziff will also pay 50 users, whose credit card details were inadvertently published on the Web, $500 in compensation.

As a result of coding errors during a promotion last November, personal details of subscribers to Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine were exposed on Ziff's Web site. Some of these people later became the victims of identity theft.

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