Can a video of singing lemmings make up for having your credit cards stolen?

Graham Cluley
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The cosmetics store Lush is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons today, as they announced they were suspending online sales after their website was broken into by hackers.

In a statement on the site, the handmade cosmetics firm explains that customers who purchased goods online between 4 October 2010 and 20 January 2011 may have had their credit card details stolen as a result of the security breach:

We refuse to put our customers at risk of another entry – so have decided to completely retire this version of our website.

For complete ease of mind, we would like all customers that placed ONLINE orders with us between 4th Oct 2010 and today, 20th Jan 2011, to contact their banks for advice as their card details may have been compromised.

In a tongue-and-cheek message to the hacker, Lush said it admired the hacker’s “formidable” skills but would not be offering him a job.

If you are reading this, our web team would like to say that your talents are formidable. We would like to offer you a job – were it not for the fact that your morals are clearly not compatible with ours or our customers.

In perhaps the most bizarre twist of all, Lush has posted a video of toy lemmings singing a song by Elbow on its front page…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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