Even though the poohbahs at AARP are claiming that “No passwords, financial or sensitive personal data was obtained.” a skillful hacker can remove all traces of their activity. In addition, even certain types of encrypted passwords can be quickly and easily decoded if they do not feature “salted encryption” or other technological safeguards.
I suggest you change your password immediately – especially if you are like most seniors and use the same password for multiple sites and companies because it is easy to remember. As for basic trustworthiness of information coming from AARP management, I have my doubts. Remember how they pushed Obamacare and told everyone to contact their representatives to make sure it passed – conveniently omitting the fact that Obamacare gutted $500 billion from the Medicare Advantage Program to help fund a useless piece of legislation that endangers every senior citizen with its restrictions on the type of care that may not be economically feasible.
- AARP: STUNNING HYPOCRISY?
- WHY IS AARP LYING TO ITS SENIOR CITIZEN MEMBERSHIP?
- AARP: MISLEADING COMMERCIAL DEMONIZES SPECIAL INTERESTS – LIKE AARP THEMSELVES!
- HEAD OF AARP CONSORTS WITH WHITE HOUSE AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS -- STILL THINK HE IS FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS?
- WHERE IS AARP -- WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING YOU?
“Accessed our website” or do they mean “accessed the servers hosting our website?”
A message from AARP
We have important information we want to share with you about a recent incident that occurred with our website. Despite our significant security defenses and on-going use of industry best practices, we discovered that someone accessed our website without our permission. No passwords, financial or sensitive personal data was obtained.
At AARP, we take the security and privacy of your information very seriously and are constantly monitoring our systems to ensure we are serving you in the best possible way. As one of the nation’s largest and most influential consumer advocacy groups, we suggest that you consider the following when you use the Internet:
Change your password regularly and do not share it with anyone. AARP will not send you e-mails or call you asking you to provide your password. You will only receive a password reset email from us if you initiate the process on our website.
Always monitor your banking and credit transactions for potential unauthorized use.
Never provide personal or financial information in response to an e-mail message or unsolicited telephone query. AARP will not send you e-mails asking for your credit card number, bank account number or other personal financial information.
Learn more about ways to protect yourself from fraudulent activities by visiting our website at http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/.
If you have questions, please give us a call at 1-888-687-2277 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Bottom line …
The way I look at AARP is as a quasi-beneficial organization; one part run for profit and its executives, and one part run as an educational effort to funnel senior citizens into the for profit enterprise. I neither trust their leadership to tell the truth about progressive politicians who are pursuing legislation that disadvantages senior citizens nor tell the truth about their internal operations.