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Urban Spoon Parent Zomato Reports 17M User Data Breach

Urban Spoon Parent Zomato Reports 17M User Data Breach

To ensure that no further damage is caused, Zomato has said it has reset the passwords for all the affected users and has logged them out of its app and website. This included names, email ID and usernames.

Andre Stewart, VP EMEA at Netskope, warned that data breaches of this sort can often create a unsafe domino effect of further breaches.

"The data was stolen this month and this year, May 2017", hacker told HackRead. "Your payment information is absolutely safe, and there's no need to panic", the company said.

In another blog post, Zomato has revealed that it had open a line of communication with the hacker who posted the information for sale on the dark web.

As a precaution, Zomato said it would be urging its 6.6 million users with exposed passwords to change them on other services they may have also used them to access.

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. "We don't have passwds for these accounts - therefore, these users are at zero risk", he had tweeted.

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Wang added China hopes South Korea's new government will "correct the problems" and take measures as soon as possible. "This is an advanced missile, if their claims are true".

In general, when someone hacks and copies the data of a website, he copies much more than just the email and the password as in most cases, it's the same database that is used to store other personal identifiable information (PII) of a user.

"It is a good thing to see that Zomato was following a good practice of hashing the passwords before storing it on their database, but saying "The hashed password can not be converted/decrypted back to plain text" is misleading", Saket Modi, CEO and Co-founder of Delhi-based IT risk assessments provider Lucideus, told IANS.

"We hash passwords with a one-way hashing algorithm, with multiple hashing iterations and individual salt per password. This has happened in the past", Modi informed.

Hence, nearly all the hacked and hashed accounts were broken.

The food delivery company is also introducing a new bug bounty program for ethical hackers after the hacker apparently advised the company to do so.

Zomato tried assuring users that payment information was safe. "Our team is actively scanning all possible breach vectors". "Heshe wanted us to acknowledge security vulnerabilities in our system and work with the ethical hacker community to plug the gaps.Hisher key request was that we run a healthy bug bounty program for security researchers".


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