Zomato stated that around 17 million of the data of its users have been hacked. It is regarded as one of the biggest online theft in the recent years. On the other hand, many experts are of the opinion that it is one of the greatest heists in an Indian company over the past few years. Many experts have also raised concerns about the security protocols of Zomato by considering the latest ransomware WannaCry that hit the IT networks of more than 150 countries around the world.
The information that was stolen consists of email addresses and passwords of the users. However, Zomato is quite confident about the fact that the payment information of its users and credit and debit card data are secure. On the other hand, Zomato has stated that the passwords that were stolen were hashed passwords and they consists of unreadable strings of layer and text.
The organization is of the opinion that it has undertaken considerable efforts in resetting the passwords of all the logged users and logged them out of the app and the site. The recent post by Zomato has advised users to change their passwords. Moreover, according to Bug bounty hunter Anand Prakash, the stolen information is up for sale on the Dark Web for $1001.43.
In this context, it is worth mentioning that the Dark Web is a component of the internet that can only be accessed with the smart use of special software that allows users to remain untraceable. Moreover, these sites cannot be found using regular search engines. Prakash had notified Zomato of a vulnerability in its security systems but his concerns are not being paid proper attention by the company, and the result is in front of us.