Zomato Announces Major Security Breach: 17 Million User Records Stolen

Zomato Announces Major Security Breach: 17 Million User Records Stolen

Zomato Announces Major Security Breach: 17 Million User Records Stolen

As a precaution, the company has reset the passwords for all affected users and logged them out of the app and website. "We will add a layer of authorisation for internal teams having access to this data to avoid any human breach", the company explained.

In a blog post, Zomato said the hacked passwords were hashed, meaning they will be hard to access though such troves of data do eventually get cracked.

"No payment information or credit card data has been stolen/leaked", he said in a statement on Zomato's website, adding they were scanning all possible breaches in their system.

To round up the post, it says that it "regret (s) any disruption this may cause and appreciate your immediate attention to this information".

Zomato said the security measures it uses ensure the stolen passwords can't be converted back into normal text, but it still urged users who use the same password on other services to change them.

Zomato was founded by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah as "Foodiebay" in 2008.

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Whereas in an official blogpost, Zomato has assured that no information related to payments or credit/debit cards was leaked.

The hack of the internationally popular e-commerce startup comes on the heels of the "WannaCry" cyberattack, the world's biggest ransomware attack to date. After expanding across countries in Asia, Europe and South America, the startup bought Urbanspoon in 2015 to gain access to the USA and Australian markets. The group has threatened to sell the data on the shadowy web, known as the Dark Web for $1,001.43 or 0.5587 Bitcoins.

"The data was stolen this month and this year, May 2017", hacker told HackRead.

Meanwhile, the government has taken cognisance of the vulnerability of e-commerce transactions to cyber crime and fraud. Besides, to instill confidence among those who conduct digital transactions, the government is also considering insurance protection against cyber-crimes.

Restaurant and event-listing site Zomato.com, owned and operated by Gurgaon-based Zomato Media Pvt Ltd, has acquired Italy-based web and mobile restaurant search services startup Cibando.

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