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Hudson Valley Foie Gras Responds to Hacker Attack

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Hudson Valley Foie Gras.
Hudson Valley Foie Gras.
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Yesterday it was revealed that a list of customers that had purchased foie gras from Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Ferndale, New York had been hacked. Names, email addresses, and other data were published on an animal activist website called Negotiation Is Over. Hudson Valley Foie Gras has responded to customers, addressing concerns about credit card information ("It is our understanding credit cards are not compromised") and inviting people to ask them about their animal care practices.

Operations manager Marcus Henley sent Eater the following email, which went out to "possibly affected" customers. The email reads, "We believe the posting may result in some of our customers being contacted by email and encouraged not to buy foie gras." Also, they note: "If you have any questions regarding our farming practices, please call us. Many of you have visited us and know the animals at our farm are well cared for." Below, the full email:

Hudson Valley Foie Gras's website was shut down Monday and Tuesday, April 22nd and 23rd. An animal rights group took credit for the attack. Some of our customer's names, addresses, credit card types, billed amounts and email addresses were posted on a website: www.negotiationisover.net.

We use Authorize.Net for credit card processing, which provides security for credit card transactions. It is our understanding credit cards are not compromised.

This criminal action has been reported and is being investigated by state and federal authorities.

We believe the posting may result in some of our customers being contacted by email and encouraged not to buy foie gras. If you have any questions regarding our farming practices, please call us. Many of you have visited us and know the animals at our farm are well cared for.

We regret any inconvenience to our customers and friends.

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