The passwords for as many as 8,000 Comcast High Speed Internet customers have been publicly available on the internet for more than two months. The list was discovered on Monday after a professor at Wilkes University searched for his email address on Pipl.
A document on Scribd has since been removed, however it has been accessed over 300 times and downloaded about two dozen times. Not a huge amount of activity, but still unsettling for anyone who has a Comcast account.
Jennifer Khoury, a Comcast spokeswoman, responded stating that they did not believe this information was provided by anyone inside the company citing lack of structure on account numbers and duplicity on some of the information. Instead, the information appeared to have been gathered through a phishing type scheme.
Comcast is freezing the email accounts for those impacted and has begun contacting the account holders. With duplications considered, Comcast believes the number of impacted accounts is actually closer to 4,000.