Dell.com online store faces hacking

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Dell said on Wednesday that it reset passwords for all accounts on its Dell.com online electronics store on Nov. 14, five days after it discovered and stopped hackers who were attempting to steal customer data.

The computer maker did not tell customers about the attack when it forced the password resets.

Dell said in a statement that on Nov. 9 the company detected and stopped hackers who had breached its network and were attempting to steal customer data. Investigators found no evidence that the hackers succeeded, but have not ruled out the possibility that they did steal some data, the company said.

They sought customer names, email addresses and scrambled passwords, Dell said in a statement.

Dell declined to say how many accounts were affected, but did say that payment information and Social Security numbers were not targeted.