Hacker puts database of 22 million Unacademy users on sale

A database of around 22 million clients of Unacademy with contacts of representatives of Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant, Google and its speculator Facebook is available to be purchased on the darkweb, as indicated by US-based security firm Cyble. The organization had endured a penetrate in January following which contacts were set available to be purchased as of late as May 3 for $2000, the firm said. As indicated by Cyble the database incorporates usernames, messages addresses, passwords, date joined, last login date, first and last names, account profile and record status (regardless of whether the record is dynamic). Hemesh Singh, Co- Founder and CTO, Unacademy in a statement to ET said, "As per our internal investigations, email data of around 11 million users has been compromised as against 22 million stated in reports. This is on account of only around 11 million email data of users available on the Unacademy platform. We have been closely monitoring the situation and would like to assure our users that no sensitive information such as financial data or location has been breached. Data security and privacy protection of our users is of utmost importance to us and we are doing everything possible, to ensure no personal information is compromised. We follow stringent encryption methods using the PBKDF2 algorithm with a SHA256 hash, making it highly implausible for anyone to decrypt passwords. We also follow an OTP based login system that provides an additional layer of security to our users. " As indicated by Cyble, the programmers are just setting up the client records available to be purchased right now and may approach more data. The firm suggested that enrolled Unacademy students and teachers promptly change their passwords on the site.

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