India's Zomato hit by 17m user data breach

Joan Terry
May 18, 2017

"Over the next couple of days, we'll be actively working to improve our security systems - we'll be further enhancing security measures for all user information stored within our database, and will also add a layer of authorization for internal teams having access to this data to avoid any human breach", Zomato stated.

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

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

As per media reports, 17 million user accounts of Zomato were hacked, including emails and password hashes of registered users.

It, however, encouraged users to change password for any other services where they were using the same password.
"Your credit card info, and your addresses are fully safe and secure". "Hashing is a mathematical function created to turn a password into an unintelligible string of characters, repeatedly but without the possibility of easily being translated back to the source password; and salting is a random, unique string of characters added to a user's password before it is hashed, rendering it likely unintelligible even if the hash is translated", it explained in an email to Khaleej Times. As a precaution, the company has reset the passwords for all affected users and logged them out of the app and website.

Use a fresh password for your account and try using a random order of alphabets, numerical and special characters for added safety.

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As mentioned above, this is not the first time that Zomato has been targeted in a hacking attack.

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.

Back in 2015, Zomato was hacked by an ethical hacker who reported the vulnerability to the company.

This time, the details have gone online.

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