ClixSense Has Been Hacked

Earlier today (4th September 2016), I noticed someone tweeting to say ClixSense had been hacked, and telling not to open the site in front of children. I couldn't help but to try - it was of course, immediately redirected to an adult site.

*** Update as of September 13th - thanks to Eddy (his comment at the bottom of this page), it is suggested that all the ClixSense users should consider changing their email address, and also never to use the password that's been used for ClixSense again.

*** Update as of September 11th - ClixSense is now back in business but the latest update has been issued as follows.

The ClixSense owner, Jim Grago has left a message to the users on eMoneySpace forum;

Hello Everyone, first let me apologize for the issues today. Over the last several weeks we have been the target of a hacker who I believe first created the bot csadviewer and then moved on to submitting ads that when a viewer opened an attachment that popped up they got infected and their PC was compromised. Today, this hacker changed our DNS to a wonderful gay porn site. They removed our websites and email and of course with it being Sunday its hard to get any support. My phone has been ringing off the hook and my email blowing up. Please do not call or write in. We're definitely aware of this problem.

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!

The ClixSense servers were not hacked and all of our servers are still intact and your account information was not effected. As I said above, its a DNS hack. It may take a bit for the site to come back online due to propagation but it will be back as soon as possible. I have a close friend who works with the FBI Cyber Crimes who I will reach out to later today and let them know as we're going to open an investigation on this.

Again, I am sorry this happened and it's certainly not the way I planned to start my Sunday.

Thanks

Jim Grago

ClixSense.com

You can check any updates on:
http://www.emoneyspace.com/forum/index.php/topic,413038.msg3874504.html

This is so unfortunate for Jim and his team, and of course the ClixSense users worldwide. Let's hope that the problem will be sorted quickly.

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Eddy

It was worse than just a redirection to an adult site.
https://www.reddit.com/r/beermoney/comments/5280lp/clixsense_had_a_security_breach_and_it_had/

The story is real. Clixsense has all the personal information of the users stored as plain text (!!!), and the data breach concerns at least 2 million accounts.
Everything inside the database has been exposed online now and this concerns too many persons.
You cannot change your name, address, date of birth etc but you can at least change email address and never use again the leaked password.
This is a serious situation and Clixsense should send emails to all users and let them know about this breach. Hackers are criminals and should be punished but no encryption of stored sensitive information should be a crime too.

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    Ray Alexander

    Woah, that’s scary. Thanks for the information Eddy and also the advice – as you say, Clixsense users should change their email address and never use the password that’s been used for Clixsense. I’ve noticed that Clixsense has now forced to change all the users’ password by email notification. Thanks again Eddy, I appreciate it.

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