Data Thieves

Hackers Uncork Customer Data From Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library

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Some bad news for New York’s best big mouth, it appears that Wine Library, Gary Vaynerchuk’s online store, has been hacked. The site sent an email out to customers yesterday, as first reported by Alexia Tsotsis, which gave them a rundown on the timeline of the attacks.

When we began hearing from a few customers about possible fraudulent credit card charges in the middle of October, we launched an investigation.  At that time, we did not know a data breach had occurred.  However, as the number of these concerns increased in early November, we removed all credit card data from our site on November 11th since it became clearer that, although we couldn’t find a breach, something was going on.  Last week we confirmed that an IP address from China was used to hack our website and potentially compromised customer credit card information.  As far as we can tell, this did not affect any in store transactions.

The company makes it clear that this is the first time in its 15 years on the web that it has experienced something like this, and that it is taking big steps to ensure it never happens again. In fact, according to the email, the company will no longer store any customer credit card data. Read More

Intermediaries

Vayniacs Crushed as Gary Vee Retires from Wine Videos

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Local oenophile, investor and The Daily contributor Gary Vaynerchuk announced today he’s retiring after five and a half years of producing “the most! passionate! wine program!” on the internet and the one that launched his career as an author and social media expert.

“It was never in the cards for me to spend my entire career being a ‘wine critic,'” he said, marking the title with air quotes. “But wine will always be a massive part of my life … will I come out with a wine brand one day? Maybe.” Read More