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Defaqto plugs hole in system

Defaqto has denied claims that a flaw in its security system allowed users to access the AequosEngage and Aequos Online accounts of other firms’ administrators.

AequosEngage launched in May and a list of master passwords and user names of all AequosEngage and Aequos Online customers was available to users in an unencrypted format until the loophole was plugged last month. One password of a Defaqto director was said to be “password”.

But Defaqto insists that Aequos requires a second secure password to access the embargoed product research product providers undertake.

An IT manager at a product provider says: “Creating gateways for unauthorised access is a very serious problem for secure networks.”

Defaqto sales and marketing director Neil Morgan says: “We were made aware of this hole and reissued passwords to all customers as soon as we realised.

“Apparently, users could only see the passwords and the searches. Someone would still have to deliberately want to access and manipulate other peoples’ accounts.”

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