July 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM ET
Nearly 700 Toshiba customers' emails and passwords have been stolen from the company's U.S. servers, the latest company to be hit by hackers, although it doesn't appear to be the work of the same groups that have infiltrated Arizona law enforcement, Orlando tourism or PBS.
TechEYE.net reported that the hacker VOiD targeted Toshiba and claimed "to gain usernames and passwords on 450 of the company's customers" as well as about 20 re-sellers and 12 administrators on the company's Electronic Components and Semiconductors and Consumer Products sites.
VOiD is a person whose Pastebin account shows previous alleged hacks of databases of Pakistan and Botswana government officials and the National Bank of Cambodia. There is no mention of Toshiba, but the latest entry on July 17 is labeled only as a "Random Dump." It contains more than 1,160 usernames and passwords.
Then it appears Toshiba was hit again, on July 11. The company admitted to the Wall Street Journal that 681 customers' emails and passwords had been compromised out of 7,520 accounts of customers who had registered their information, which was housed in the U.S.-based Toshiba America Information Systems (TAIS).
While there were no credit-card information or Social Security numbers among the missing information, and it's a much smaller number than other hacked missions, the data could be used to hack into the users' other accounts online, as people tend to use the same combination on other sites they frequent.
But if and when the first hack is confirmed, then there could be more than 1,100 customers whose accounts have been pinched.
Toshiba told the Wall Street Journal that they'd "notified the customers of the possibility that their data has been compromised," and that it is still investigating the hackings. We'll update you if and when we find out more.