Circuit City Closes Web Security Hole

Just what major retail E-Commerce sites need these days: Security holes associated only with their site. The Washington Post reported today that the security hole, which has existed for more than two weeks on the Circuit City site, created a "back door" for hackers to assume control of the victim's machine and use it to send SPAM. The problem, which only reportedly impacted users who were not current with their Internet Explorer patches, lived on Circuit City's customer-support portion of its site.

Users are tolerant of--nay, even used to--browser and OS security holes. But when the fears start routinely becoming site specific, E-Commerce players may finally take patches and security seriously.