Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking information on a security breach at daily deal site LivingSocial that exposed information on approximately 50 million user accounts to hackers.

LivingSocial, in an email to customers April 27, said the attack resulted in hackers gaining access to customer email addresses, birth dates, and encrypted passwords. LivingSocial maintained that the passwords themselves are likely not compromised but asked customers to change their password both on LivingSocial’s site as well as any others they may be using the same password on.

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Connecticut law requires companies that store personal information to protect that data from digital intruders. Should a breach occur, companies are required to quickly disclose the incident to impacted Connecticut residents as well as the Attorney General’s office.

“Once LivingSocial learned of this breach, the company provided affected Connecticut consumers and my office with notice of the incident,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “Now, it’s important to evaluate how this breach happened and what information was compromised so that we can ensure consumers are properly protected now and in the future. I’m pleased to partner with Attorney General Gansler in seeking this information on behalf of consumers in our states.”

Jepsen’s office is seeking information on the LivingSocial’s privacy policies, forensic reports on the hacking issue, and plans from the company as to how future incidents will be prevented.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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