WASHINGTON-CUNA last week was reassuring users of its website that no sensitive personal information fromcuna.org was accessed or otherwise compromised in a hacking attack that affected at least 30 or more organizations. NASA, General Dynamics, European Space Agency and the Texas Bankers Association were among those attacked.

CUNA said the attack was conducted by Team GhostShell, a group that specializes in such security breaches-in an effort, it claims, to protest and draw attention to "the freedom of information on the net." At press time CUNA said it was estimated to have resulted in gathering 1.6 million accounts and records in total from all of the organizations that it hacked.

"We do not believe any sensitive personal information from our website was accessed," said CUNA President Bill Cheney. "We will continue to analyze the information posted on-line by the group, as well as continue to validate that no other risks exist."

Although one report suggested that millions of people had been put at risk, Cheney said CUNA stores no consumer/member data on the site.

CUNA said the information on the association's website that was hacked was user ID information (generally e-mail addresses, phone numbers, titles and business addresses), as well as some encrypted password information from more than five years ago.

CUNA is advising users of its website to take some precautionary steps, however, including changing their passwords.

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