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17 million user records stolen from restaurant guide Zomato

19 May 2017, 12:26 | Bernard Bryant

17 million user records stolen from restaurant guide Zomato

17 million user records stolen from restaurant guide Zomato

The food discovery and delivery major also said that the hacker disclosed how he got access to this database.

The company also acknowledged that 5 points of data were stolen including user IDs, Names, Usernames, Email addresses, and Password Hashes with salt. The hacker who could get into it and steal the data had put up the data for sale in the dark web marketplace.

According to information shared on Hackeread.com, a user by the name of "nclay" claimed to have hacked Zomato. "He/she wanted us to acknowledge security vulnerabilities in our system and work with the ethical hacker community to plug the gaps", Zomato wrote in the blog post.

And with that assurance, the hacker agreed to destroy all copies of the stolen data and take the data off the dark web marketplace.

Further, so that others can learn from Zomato's mistakes, it will be posting this information on its blog once it fixes the loopholes.

"The database includes emails and password hashes of registered Zomato users while the price set for the whole package is Dollars 1,001.43 (BTC 0.5587)".

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MediaNama has written to Zomato to confirm whether it used the outdated MD5 algorithm, and whether it stored salt values on the same server as the passwords. However, independent sources including the motherboard state that the password was converted into text easily enough.

The hacker requested the company to run a healthy bug bounty program for security researchers. Nonetheless Zomato has asked all users to change passwords for any other services where they used the same password.

Important note - payment related information on Zomato is stored separately from this (stolen) data in a highly secure PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) compliant vault.

"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", it said. Affected users have been logged out of the website and the app. 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". This can be described as a portion of the content available on the World Wide Web, away from the public internet.

Zomato said that no money has passed hands and that it has been in communication with the hacker. "Should an end user face any lossdamage due to data breach, they can sue Zomato and seek compensation".

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