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Network Solutions Breached For 574,000 E-Commerce Account Records

Popular domain services provider says it doesn't know how rogue malware was planted on its servers

Network Solutions is working to calm customers today following the revelation of a breach that compromised some 574,000 customer records.

The breach, which was first reported Friday in The Washington Post, took place during the course of three months, according to reports.

The attackers planted "rogue code" on the servers of one of the Internet's most popular suppliers of domain name services. Following the initial report, many users of Network Solutions' hosting and naming services were scrambling to find out the extent of the compromise, which affected debit and credit card account data.

Since then, however, Network Solutions has issued a statement which reports that only its e-commerce customers -- the 4,300 or so businesses that use Network Solutions to process credit card orders -- were affected.

"We would like to take this moment to make it clear that the incident reported on Friday is solely related to Network Solutions e-commerce customers," the statement says. "Customers of Network Solutions that have other products such as domains, email accounts, hosting and online marketing were not impacted by this event. Also customers' transactions that occur (or occurred previously) at Networksolutions.com were not impacted by this."

Network Solutions says it has no evidence that the credit card data has been misused, and it is offering credit reporting services to the victims.

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