As you slept, some badniks thought it would be a good idea to try and hack Zappos, “the web’s most popular shoe store” (as it says in the image above.)  As if 2011 didn’t hold enough news about security breaches and hacks with the rise and fall of Anonymous, and other hacker groups.

Now barely into 2012, Zappos has to suffer the affects of some ne’er-do-wells. Unauthorized information has been accessed such as names, addresses, encrypted versions of passwords, and the last 4 credit/debit card digits. But rest assured, the database containing payment information was not touched and as a precaution, Zappos has reset passwords to the site and its sistersite, 6PM.com. So if you’re a valued Zappos/6PM customer, you best get to changing your passcode post haste. Below is a copy of the email text that Zappos sent out to customers.

First, the bad news:We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password).THE BETTER NEWS:The database that stores your critical credit card and other payment data was NOT affected or accessed.SECURITY PRECAUTIONS:For your protection and to prevent unauthorized access, we have expired and reset your password so you can create a new password. Please follow the instructions below to create a new password.We also recommend that you change your password on any other web site where you use the same or a similar password. As always, please remember that Zappos.com will never ask you for personal or account information in an e-mail. Please exercise caution if you receive any emails or phone calls that ask for personal information or direct you to a web site where you are asked to provide personal information.

PLEASE CREATE A NEW PASSWORD:

We have expired and reset your password so you can create a new password. Please create a new password by visiting Zappos.com and clicking on the “Create a New Password” link in the upper right corner of the web site and follow the steps from there.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any additional questions about this process, please email us at passwordchange@zappos.com.

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