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Hackers Infiltrate Opening Ceremony’s Online Boutique, Compromise Security

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We recently got hold of a piece of mail bearing bad news from the edgy boundary-pushing boutique Opening Ceremony stating that “a hacker placed malicious software on our website.”

The letter — dated May 4 and signed by Carol Lim, CEO and co-founder of the company — says that the incident in question presumably took place on February 16. While the company took security precautions and removed the questionable software after the breach was discovered on March 21, it was more than enough time for the criminals to extract customers’ private information.

“Unfortunately, the hacker may have accessed the names, addresses, and credit card information of customers who purchased an item on our website during this period,” reads part of the letter.

Opening Ceremony is currently working with data breach prevention and response specialist ID Experts to field questions and concerns from customers who may have been affected. ID Experts can be contacted at 866-660-8617.

Whoever targeted the Opening Ceremony Web site made an thoughtful decision — anybody who can afford the pricey items from labels like Kenzo, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and the company’s eponymous brand most than likely has a high credit limit.

See the full letter here.

-Ann Binlot

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  1. The Opening Ceremony data breach is very troubling. Online commerce only works when companies take their data security obligations seriously, but Opening Ceremony appears to have inadequate safeguards to protect its customers’ credit card and personal information. That Opening Ceremony is not even offering to pay for credit protection services after there has been a verified breach is unconscionable. Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz, P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against Opening Ceremony for what appears to be negligent data security, and this is an area of the law in which we have substantial experience. If you would like to discuss your legal options, please do not hesitate to contact me:

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    Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz, P.C.
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    White Plains, NY 10605
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    gblankinship@mdpcelaw.com

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