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zero-day exploit, how big a piece did they get?

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Monday, 11 September 2006
Fantasy Site Hack Exposes Data on 650,000 Users

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 | A hack on a popular Web fantasy site may have exposed the personal data of some 650,000 players, site operators revealed late last week.

Second Life, a virtual world in which players can live out another existence, was hit by a "zero-day exploit" last week, and a database containing players' names, addresses, passwords, and payment information was compromised, according to Linden Lab, which operates the site.

Systems administrators for Second Life voided all of the participants' passwords, forcing users to change to new passwords immediately. Users will have to answer a security question in order to get a new password.

Linden Lab was not specific about the details of the attack, and company officials did not reply to queries for this article. However, in messages to its customers, the company said the exploit was perpetrated on its Web server, via vulnerabilities in "third-party Web software."

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