Time Warner Cable reported on Wednesday that up to 320,000 customers’ email addresses and passwords were stolen after a reported attack. The true source of the attack is still undetermined as the Time Warner Cable systems were not breached.
According to Reuter, the attack originated through malware downloaded during a phishing attack or was initiated indirectly through data breaches of other companies that store customer data of Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable was initially notified by FBI that some of their customer’s email addresses, including passwords, may have been compromised. Now the company is closely working with FBI, Time Warner Cable is now sending emails and direct mails to its customers and encouraging them to update their passwords.
This is not the first attack on cable networks that we have seen in the last few months. In November 2015, Comcast was subjected to data breach as more than 200,000 customer accounts and passwords were up for sale online.
Considering the frequency of attacks on cable providers and primary targets being email addresses and passwords, it is highly advised that you update your passwords right now.
And, if you do want to access your emails using Time Warner Cable account then we recommend that you connect to a VPN first. It will encrypt your internet traffic, making you anonymous over the Web and protecting you from any kinds of phishing attacks.