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Catch of the Day has waited over three years to quietly reveal that their database was compromised in 2011. Under current laws, they were within their rights not to inform customers. 

Users of the website received an email in the afternoon of Friday, 18 July 2014, from Catch of the Day stating: “Data security is very important to us, which is why we need to let you know about some developments affecting member accounts created before 7 May 2011.”

The email went on to say that names, addresses, email addresses, hashed (encrypted) passwords and in some cases credit cards were all compromised over three years ago.

One detail that is left out of the letter is why they neglected to tell users about the breach initially. It goes on to state that with technological advancements “there is an increasing risk that those hashed passwords may become compromised”.

Online users’ responses to the belated breach notification have been very negative, including a very dissatisfied open letter published by the tech blog, Gizmodo

Do you think Catch of the Day was right to wait to notify users until they thought their data was able to be decrypted? Or do you believe that users have a right to know if their information may be compromised as soon as it happens?

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Written by ryanbo


Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    I looked back through my emails from July and I don’t seem to have received this and yet I have been a user for several years! One thing that makes me cross is that the still call it “Catch of the Day”, which signifies 1 catch to me, but now we are bombarded with 3-4 Catch of the day emails…. I feel spammed some days!

  2. 0

    I will not deal with them any more as they took to long to send goods.

  3. 0

    “Catch of the day” ? Sounds very fishy to me, and if the head is rotten look out.

  4. 0

    People I know reckon that Spreets are very reliable.
    One guy I know buys through Kogan and got a brand new good quality telescope much cheaper than the Stores which specialise in them. I don’t know how long they take to deliver.

  5. 0

    Of course they should have notified customers immediately so that they could change their passwords etc. I’ve dealt with them spasmodically but no longer buy anything from these type of sites as it’s no different from going to a “seconds” or “reject” shop. I bought Calcium tablets from one (I forget which) and they had less than a month to their use by date even though they were allowing people to order up to 5 jars.

  6. 0

    I would vote with my Feet and Pocket by not using them any further,
    No it was not good enough to not inform their customers and allow them to change details/passwords where possible.
    They lost me immediately…not because they got hacked….
    ot their fault! But because they were unwilling to inform Me…their customer! I am sure it cost them big time!



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