Company to reach out to 6.6 mn users for security update

Zomato hacked in latest global cyberattack, data of 17mn users stolen

Zomato hacked in latest global cyberattack, data of 17mn users stolen

A day or so ago, Indian Restaurant guide Zomato suffered a massive hack in which information belonging to millions of users was stolen by an anonymous hacker.

While the company has admitted in its blog post that both usernames and hashed passwords were stolen by hackers, it has strongly advised its consumers to change their passwords.

The hacker requested the company to run a healthy bug bounty program for security researchers.

In a statement on the Zomato's website, Mr Patidar said: 'We have taken multiple steps to mitigate the situation.

The startup said the "hashed" passwords could not be decrypted but recommended users change their login details if they use the same password for other services. He/she wanted the company to work with the ethical hacker community to fill the gaps amidst the system and make it a safer place for users.

The company had reported yesterday that about 17 million user records have been stolen from its database, which included user email addresses and "hashed" passwords but no payment information or credit card data.

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"We are introducing a bug bounty program on Hackerone very soon", continued Patidar.

Zomato says that it will be reaching out to these users and will get them to update their passwords on all services where they may have used the same password.

Zomato has over 120 million active users every month, was also hacked by an ethical hacker earlier in 2015. "Your payment information is absolutely safe, and there's no need to panic", the company said. "But saying "the hashed password can not be converted or decrypted back to plain text" is misleading", said Saket Modi, chief executive and co-founder of Lucideus.

Zomato will also publish details about how the hacker got in once the holes have been plugged.

The trove of personal data was being auctioned on the dark web for around $1,000 (£770) by a hacker using an alias. HackRead, a security blog and news website, found the stolen Zomato database of 17 million users for sale on what is called the "dark web". No other information was exposed to anyone (we have a copy of the "leaked" database with us).

DaFont user base also included corporate accounts associated with Microsoft, Google, Apple, and also the United Kingdom, and the USgovernment agencies, which can be a matter of serious concern for corporations.

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