Toms Shoes mailing list hacked to tell users to log out

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Too often, hackers use their skills to steal money or make someone’s day very difficult. But sometimes hackers just want to send a message. On Sunday, a hacker used retailer TOMS Shoes’ mailing list to tell users it was time to go offline.

“Hey you, don’t look at a digital screen all day, you miss a world,” the hacker, named Nathan, said in an email to TOMS subscribers. “I just felt some people needed it,” they added.

“I had TOMS hacked for quite a while, but with a busy life and no malicious intent, it was pretty pointless to have them hacked,” Nathan told Motherboard. “At this point, responsible disclosure is not an option. So I figured I should also send a message that I believe in just for fun. The end goal was to get my message out to a lot of people. “

Nathan didn’t say how they got into the TOMS account, but said it was easy. They also had a message for other hackers who might have other motivations.

“To hackers who hack large organizations etc. for malicious reasons, stop being a criminal. It’s more than crap selling people’s private information on the internet. How do you sleep at night knowing that you have negatively impacted thousands or maybe millions of people This is so wrong. Plus you have called yourself hackers with nothing to show who are just cyberbullies with the biggest egos. is not cool, ”Nathan wrote.

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Instead, Nathan said, be kind to everyone in your life, whether they are strangers or not.

TOMS confirmed the hack in an emailed statement.

“We are aware of unauthorized activity through our communication channels, including email and social media. We are actively investigating the matter. In the meantime, please do not click or respond to any links,” the statement said. .

Of course, it was still a hack, and a hack that always made someone’s day difficult.

Nathan said, “Dear TOMS, sorry for hacking you. No hard feelings please?”

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