OK, so we all know that the Internet is inherently insecure, but Peter's Row has a responsibility to see that this site
operates in a secure manner.
We were recently informed that we had been hacked. The attack came, we believe, a few days before Christmas
of 2016. As far as we can determine, user data was not disclosed. Information you provide to us is sent to and from a
secure server. For example, when you place a book order, you can check to make sure that the address bar shows "https" or that a lock
icon is shown. In addition, you should see a Go-Daddy seal on these pages that indicate the use of a secure server.
The hackers apparently targeted our mail software, the code pages that automatically generate email when someone makes a purchase on this
site. The hackers were able to use our pages to send spam. Go-Daddy, our web host, detected the hack and suspended our automated
email service. This explains why purchasers did not get confirmation or download instructions from us. As a result, they contacted
us at the AOL address.
We initially thought that Go-Daddy was having problems with its email servers. It took us a while to learn of the hack.
We have begun instituting changes to provide better security for the users of this site:
The removal of nefarious code added to our site
The use of software to monitor our site and report suspicious activity and vulnerable files