Hackers Now Targeting Author Accounts on Createspace

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If you have an account on Createspace then you might want to change your password - and while you're at it, double check your payment details.

There has been no public discussion yet, but I have read multiple independent reports in several closed Facebook groups from authors who say that someone hacked their CS account.

Many of the reports go something like this:

We got an email from Createspace last night that our payment info had been changed. Fortunately, CreateSpace notifies you if this happens. I fixed the info and changed my password ASAP.

Today's lesson: Don't ignore messages like that from CreateSpace. They could be important.

It's not clear at this time that Createspace has been hacked, and judging by the low number of reports I would say that is unlikely. (There are only a handful of reports, not hundreds or thousands.)

This hack is most likely the result of a hacker piling up all the passwords and emails from other security breaches, and then using them to try to access accounts on Createspace en masse. Most of the passwords won't work, but if one does then the hacker immediately changes the payment details.

To reiterate: If you have an account on Createspace then you might want to change your password - and while you're at it, double check your payment details.

While Createspace automatically sends out emails when those details are changed, you do not want to take the chance that the email they sent you got lost. You also don't want to take the chance that the hacker can access your account today, and is biding their time while waiting for a better opportunity.

Go change your password today, and make sure it is both long enough that it's hard to guess and easy to remember.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Hackers Now Targeting Author Accounts on Createspace

  1. I saw this article today after another author had linked it. I checked my email for a notice. Nothing. Not an hour later, I was hacked! Crazy! Thank you and the other person who linked it. I was able to immediately change my info back and my remittance that was sent last week had my name and info, so hopefully, I averted losing my payment.

  2. This has happened to me twice in a month. Changing passwords didn’t work, so there is some deeper issue – and CS is not helpful.

  3. June 21, on the phone w CreateSpace. I was hacked as well. Hacker name on new bank account is Evgeniy Evdokimov. CreateSpace said hack occurred April 15.

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