URGENT: Compromised Email Marketing Software

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If you had glossed over the headlines today, there is one that is serious and may affect you directly and personally.

Constant Contact is an email broadcast system used for email marketing by everyone from solopreneurs to large corporations.

It is also the latest company whose software has been compromised by Russian hackers — the same hackers who created the Solar Winds debacle. What is public is that these hackers got into the US AID agency and used the Constant Contact software to send malicious code to firms receiving email from that agency. The malware allows them to control computer systems and access files of recipient firms, if a user clicks on a link in the message.

If Solar Winds tells us anything, it’s that these hackers will loot any company they can. US AID is probably only one target of many.

Microsoft discovered the problem and disclosed the software…

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