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Cyber security breaches in 2017 so far

Last updated: 2.11pm, Thursday 30th August 2018 by

Zomato - a company which provides users with an online guide to restaurants, cafes and clubs, reported that data from 17 million users had been stolen. This included email addresses and hashed passwords. Once discovered, the Indian firm logged affected users out of their accounts, as well as resetting passwords on the app and website. The company said that customers logging in via OAuth services, such as Facebook or Google were not at risk, meaning 60% of users would not have been affected. 

Wonga, the money lending company, has fallen victim to a large data breach that could have hit as many as 245,000 of its customers. These included bank account numbers and sort codes being stolen. The company also believes that full names, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the last 4 digits of debit card numbers had been accessed.

Sports Direct, a major British retailing group established in 1982, failed to tell its entire workforce that they may have had their personal credentials stolen in an internal security breach. They had been compromised in September 2016 but it wasn’t discovered until December. The breach included names, email addresses and phone numbers being stolen. The attacker reportedly gained access through an unpatched content manager system running on the open source DNN platform. They did notify the Information Commissioner’s office but failed to let staff know as there was no evidence the data had been copied.

Three, the telecommunications and internet service provider, suffered a major breach of their customer upgrade database. The breach was originally revealed last November, however they have just recently admitted that it was worse than they had first thought. The original hack, first discovered in November 2016, occurred when Three’s upgrade database was accessed using an employee login. At the time, the company said no financial information was taken, just customers names, phone numbers, addresses and date of births. Of the company’s 9 million users, they said originally 133,827 customers information had been breached. This number was recently revised and the company stated a further 76,373 customers information had been breached.

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