Last week hackers compromised the photo processing service behind Costco, Sam’s Club, CVS, and other photo sites, shutting them down until early August. Fortunately, I do not have an urgent need for photo prints before then.
This ability to shut down a major component of multiple companies highlights how vulnerable we have become to malicious online actions as well as the need to protect our files. I use Costco and have many photos stored on their site, but I also backup my photos; consequently, I am not too worried, and if I really need prints there is always the home inkjet printer.
For more on this incident see Costco and Sam’s Club Shut Down Photo Sites After Hackers Break In.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.