DaFont hack: Popular font sharing site's entire database of registered users exposed

19 May, 2017, 14:30 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • 17 million user records stolen from restaurant guide Zomato

Since this was a hacker from an ethical group that checks for any loopholes, they shared what exactly was done to steal the data and the Zomato team has plugged that loophole to prevent any further breaches.

Zomato's chief technology officer Gunjan Patidar said customers' financial information was stored separately from the stolen data and was not compromised by the hack.

The firm goes on to say that the hacker simply wanted it to run a healthy bug bounty program for security researchers which it will now be doing. Since then, we have taken multiple steps to mitigate the situation. Affected users have been logged out of the website and the app.

Lucideus said Zomato is following a good practice of hashing the passwords before storing it in its database. The stolen data included usernames, email address and hashed password of users. The creators have agreed to do so, saying it will introduce a program called Hackerone "soon".

"Earlier today, our security team discovered that user emails and hashed passwords were stolen from our database. Your (users) payment information is absolutely safe, and there is no need to panic".

"The hashed password can not be converted/decrypted back to plain text - so the sanctity of password is intact in case users' use the same password for other services", the blog post read.

It added that because the passwords are hashed - converted into a meaningless string of numbers that bear no relation to the actual password - the hackers will be unable to access them.

The marketplace link, which was being used to sell the data on the dark web, is no longer available, says Zomato.

Less than 24 hours after revealing a major security breach that compromised the accounts of millions of users, restaurant search service Zomato has revealed that it has engaged with the hacker responsible and has agreed to meet certain conditions in exchange for the stolen data being removed from the dark web. "We look forward to working more closely with the ethical hacker community, to make Zomato a safer place for our users".

Zomato's founder Deepinder Goyal took up his Twitter account and declared that about 60 per cent of its clients uses third-party services. No other information was exposed to anyone (we have a copy of the "leaked" database with us).

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