MCX: Hackers stole email addresses but never got anywhere near its mobile payment app

Gigaom

On Tuesday hackers managed to obtain email addresses of users beta testing MCX’s mobile payments app CurrentC, but the attack was directed at MCX’s email provider, not directly at the company’s own infrastructure, the big retail consortium revealed on Wednesday at what was perhaps one of the most stilted press conferences I’ve ever attended.

No credit card data or other financial information was compromised, and the CurrentC app was unaffected, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson said during a press conference this afternoon. While some of the email addresses were for pilot testers and people who had signed up to participate in the pilot, many of the them were placeholders for dummy accounts used for internal tests. Davidson wouldn’t reveal the name of MCX’s email provider or how the attack occurred, saying that MCX would accept full responsibility for the breach.

“I own it,” he said. “CurrentC owns it.” He added that…

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