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Gearbest customer data reportedly hacked.


Robert B

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https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/gearbest-hack/

It appears Gearbest has been wide open for hackers for a long time, (at least a year) and nothing has changed. Gearbest has been lying about their privacy policy, ie: encrypted data, which apparently isn't encrypted at all.

Not sure what good changing a password would do, if they can be breached at any time. Personally, I went into my account, changed all my info to bogus info, if that will do any good. I use paypal, so at least there is a financial firewall. Doesn't seem to be a way to delete your account. I just won't buy anything from them again.

edit...
Here's another article from a year ago with Gearbest basically denying it had a data breech.
https://www.androidauthority.com/gearbest-email-password-hack-leak-breach-825005
 
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lordmage

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in the interest of keeping info in one place i have merged these two topics one with redirect which will expire in a day.

i have also submitted a support gearbest support ticket citing the site in question and requesting my account be removed
 

Robert B

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I know it's difficult to find vape products that use Paypal, but with Gearbest, Paypal is a good financial info firewall
 

Synphul

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Data breaches are getting to be a thing anywhere and everywhere. Neighbor of mine works at the local walmart in bfe, he said they just had an issue with skimmers in the store at the instore atm's. Nothing's safe. Back in the day when a bank card got compromised the bank acted surprised like seriously, that happened? Now they're like yep, happens all the time. Sending you a new card, account's been locked temporarily and standard protocol is in place. Just another day.
 

PopcornSmell

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One general rule I follow for ALL online purchases.
I NEVER tell the site to remember my CC information.
Definitely, agree with this. I also use PayPal only and avoid using CC with the sites I don't frequently shop. For stuff from china I mostly shop in aliexpress, too bad aliexpress doesn't allow PayPal.
 

The Cromwell

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have been buying lots of electronics components and such from Ali Express for the past few months.
Never bought vape stuff from them.
Fastech was my major Chinese vape source.
Never had any problems with either of those outfits.
 

Robert B

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Data breaches are getting to be a thing anywhere and everywhere. Neighbor of mine works at the local walmart in bfe, he said they just had an issue with skimmers in the store at the instore atm's. Nothing's safe. Back in the day when a bank card got compromised the bank acted surprised like seriously, that happened? Now they're like yep, happens all the time. Sending you a new card, account's been locked temporarily and standard protocol is in place. Just another day.

This was more than just a data breach. Evidently over a year ago, someone discovered Gearbest's database was open to the net. You could search for your personal info from google and GB's database could be seen. This was no average data breach, this is incompetence from Gearbest's IT department. Apparently not much has changed, as they still haven't implemented basic security protocols
 

eSMOKA

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yet another reason to not shop from Gearbest. Stay far, far away!

That and the fact that they are considered spammers (by US law anyway). Why? Because...

1) They subscribed me to their emailing list without me opting-in (I only ever made one purchase from them and I know that I didn't check that option).
2) (most important one) their unsubscribe process simply doesn't work.

I have tried I don't know how many times to unsubscribe from their list without any success.
 

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