Jawbone warns of 'limited' MyTalk hack, disables old passwords

The company says that the attack was limited to a person's name, e-mail address, and the encrypted version of passwords.

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Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone informed its customers recently that its MyTalk service has been hacked.

In a letter to users obtained by Engadget, Jawbone wrote that it was the target of an "isolated" attack aimed at accessing user information. The company said that the hackers stole some of its MyTalk users' names, e-mail addresses, and the encrypted version of their password.

"We took immediate action to protect your login information," Jawbone wrote to its customers. "Based on our investigation to date, we do not believe there has been any unauthorized use of login information or unauthorized access to information in your account."

Although Jawbone is best known for its Bluetooth headsets, the company's MyTalk platform allows owners to customize their device through additional applications that can enhance the functionality of their headset or speaker.

According to the letter obtained by Engadget, Jawbone has disabled the passwords that were hacked and required users to reset them.

CNET has contacted Jawbone for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

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