The B&N Nook Store Leaks Like a Sieve
About a month ago I brought you news about a recently closed security leak in the B&N Nook Store, which the numerous comments have indicated was a common occurrence. Today I learned that B&N didn’t close the leak quite as thoroughly as they thought they did.
B&N isn’t supposed to sell ebooks outside the US, but as it turns out their security to block international sales breaks on a fairly regular basis. That’s pretty well known among B&N’s international customers, but what some might not know is that Barnes & Noble isn’t very thorough in fixing their security issues.
My source for the last story,, was playing around with the Nook Store today when he found another security issue. He’s still in South America, so he’s really not supposed to be able to buy ebooks form B&N nor is he supposed to be able to open and read the ones he bought before. But it turns out he can.
While B&N blocked him accessing the 2 ebooks he bought via his account page, Antonio found that he could still search for the ebooks from
in the Nook Store and download them from the each title’s listing pages. He reports that he has complete access to the ebooks and can even share them with other registered users.
Do you know how I used to respect B&N as a tech company? Well, clearly their best people aren’t working on keeping their website up and running.
On the other hand, perhaps this is a good thing; B&N is surreptitiously building a customer base that will be eager to come out if the shadows when B&N finally expands internationally.