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-- Egghead.com Hacked
-- 1.10.2001
-- By:
GideonX

   Here is a letter sent out to Egghead.com customers from their CEO regarding the recent hacking of their website.  Hopefully NONE of the customer's information has been compromised.

Dear Customer,
 
On December 22nd, as a precautionary measure I wrote to inform you of an
attack on our computer systems.  Regrettably, until now, we have not been
able to update you or comment publicly on the situation, due to an ongoing
investigation into the matter.
 
While the FBI investigation is ongoing, I can now give you an update on our
internal investigation, which has uncovered evidence which suggests that
Egghead.com's existing security systems interrupted the intrusion while it
was in progress, and that customer data has not been compromised.
 
In addition, reports from the credit card companies with whom we work
suggest that fewer than 7,500 credit card accounts registered with us
have shown possible fraudulent activity.  This is a very small fraction --
less than two tenths of one percent -- of the approximately three million
credit cards registered with Egghead.com.  At this point it is difficult
to determine whether any fraudulent activity on this relatively small
number of credit cards can be traced back to the attack on our system, or
whether it may be the result of credit card theft elsewhere.  At this point,
the evidence we have gathered to-date suggests that these credit card
numbers were NOT obtained from our site.
 
We have heard from many of you, and we thank you for your support and
patience as we continue the complex investigation into this unfortunate
incident. I realize that taking this precautionary measure of informing you
and the credit card companies of the breach resulted in the cancellation of
credit cards, and even embarrassment, for some of you, and we sincerely
apologize for any trouble this may have caused.  However, that was the risk
we ran by going public, and it is important to understand that the actions
taken by the credit card issuers were also out of their eagerness to protect
your best interests.
 
Our first priority has been to protect our customers.  We deeply regret
any inconvenience recent events may have caused you, but we believed that
going public with this information would help limit any possible damage,
and give you the choice of taking precautions to protect your privacy.  I
believe strongly that this was the prudent and responsible course of action
for our company -- or any company -- faced with this situation.
 
Through our joint efforts with Kroll Associates over the past few weeks, we
have taken additional steps to reduce the possibility of future incidents by
continuing to strengthen our security measures.  This is an ongoing process
that we continue to take very seriously.  All of the information that we have
gathered has been turned over to the FBI, which is conducting an ongoing
investigation.
 
Below is the press release we will be issuing on Monday, January 8th. If
you have questions, please contact our Customer Service Department at
1-800-EGGHEAD (1-800-344-4323), which is open from 5:00 AM - 7:00PM
Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time,
Saturday and Sunday.  You can also send an email by visiting this URL:
   
Respectfully,
 
Jeff Sheahan
President & CEO
Egghead.com, Inc.
   That is the email that was sent out, while here is the press release:

Investigation into Egghead.com Breach Suggests No Credit Card Information Stolen FBI Leads Ongoing Inquiry Into the Incident
 
MENLO PARK, Calif., January 8, 2001 - Egghead.com®, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGGS) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sheahan today released the following statement:
 
“For the past two-and-a-half weeks, Egghead.com has been working around-the-
clock with investigators from the internationally-recognized forensic security
firm, Kroll Associates, representatives from the major credit card companies
and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the extent
of a recent security breach of our company’s computer systems.  All of the
information we have gathered has been turned over to the FBI, which is
conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.
 
“Our internal investigation, led by Kroll Associates, has uncovered
evidence which suggests that Egghead.com’s existing security systems
interrupted this intrusion while it was in progress. Moreover, reports from
the credit card companies we work with suggest that fewer than 7,500 credit
card accounts that appear in our system have shown suspected fraudulent
activity.  This number represents only about two-tenths of one percent of
the approximately three million credit card numbers in our database at the
time of the attack.  It is possible that this activity may be related to
credit card theft elsewhere. The evidence Kroll Associates and our team have
gathered to date suggests that neither these, nor any other credit card
numbers, were obtained from our site.
 

“On December 21st, we at Egghead.com took the precautionary measure of

notifying the major credit card companies that our computer systems,
potentially including our customer databases, had been breached. We also
sent an email to our customers on December 22nd to alert them of this
potential problem.  Our first priority has been to protect our customers.
We deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused them, but we firmly
believe that providing this information would help limit any possible
damage, and give our customers the choice of taking precautions to protect
their privacy. I believe strongly that this was the prudent and responsible
course of action for our company - or any company - faced with this
situation.
 
“With the assistance of Kroll Associates, we have taken additional steps
to reduce the possibility of any further incidents by increasing security
measures. This is an ongoing process that we continue to take very seriously.”
 
About Egghead.com
Egghead.com is a leading Internet direct marketer of technology and related
products.  With an emphasis on Small- to Medium-sized Business (SMB) customers, Egghead.com offers a wide range of products from computer hardware and software, consumer electronics and office products, to sporting goods and vacation packages. Its Clearance, After Work and Auction formats offer bargains on excess and closeout goods and services. Egghead.com combines broad selection, low prices, and excellent service to provide an outstanding online shopping experience for businesses and consumers. Egghead.com is located on the Internet at http://www.egghead.com.
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties, including but not limited to statements relating to
steps taken to protect our customers and enhance computer security.
These forward-looking statements are based on information available to
the company at the time of this release and we assume no obligation to
update any such forward-looking statements.  The statements in this
release are not guarantees of future performance.  Actual results could
differ materially from current expectations as a result of many factors.
For example, our ability to protect our customers from potential misuse
of private information is limited, and the impact of compromised computer
security on our business (both in terms of increased direct costs and
potential loss of revenue as a result of lower customer confidence in
on-line purchases) is unpredictable. Other risks and uncertainties
associated with the business are detailed in our most recent Forms 10-K
and 10-Q which are on file with the SEC and available through www.sec.gov.

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