Zomato Breach: Company to Team-up with Ethical Hacker Community

17 million user records stolen from restaurant guide Zomato

Personal data of 17 million Zomato users, including names, email addresses, user IDs and protected passwords, was stolen from its database earlier this week. However, Zomato ensured that the leaked information did not comprise of any financial information.

All the users' names and email addresses have been accessed and "the passwords are hashed and salted", the spokesman added. Some of the responses are just adorable!

All passwords were immediately reset and users locked out of their accounts and forced to log back in following the incident.

The company has now pledged to plug its security vulnerabilities and work with the "ethical hacker community" to ensure the app remains a safe space for all users.

The good news is that the hackers have agreed to pull the listing from the market provided the platform runs a "healthy bug program for security researchers".

Anand had written about the particular bug in his blog titled [Responsible disclosure] How I could have hacked 62.5 million Zomato Users, with a proof of a concept video. So it is likely that the data is no longer available on the dark web.

A day after online restaurant discovery and food ordering portal fell prey to a Malaysian hacker "nclay", Zomato has struck an agreement with the hacker to destroy the stolen data.

"No payment information or credit card data has been stolen or leaked", claimed Mr. Patidar. Over 120 million users visit Zomato every month.

The startup's disclosure has come at a time when the world is grappling with the cyber attack by ransomware "WannaCry", which has impacted IT networks in over 150 countries. The massive security breach is simply a reminder that many large companies do not have adequate security measures in place to protect users.

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 wound up in contact with the unidentified hacker/s over the plucked information. In one of the API call, they were reflecting the user data based on the "browser_id" parameter in the API request. This put users at risk since the encrypted passwords stored on Zomato's database can be converted into readable formats easily.

Users hashed passwords can not decrypt or converted back into plaintext in any way.

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