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Recent Global Data Breaches

  • Open Subtitles - 6,783,158 breached accounts
    In August 2021, the subtitling website Open Subtitles suffered a data breach and subsequent ransom demand. The breach exposed almost 7M subscribers' personal data including email and IP addresses, usernames, the country of the user and passwords stored as unsalted MD5 hashes.

     
  • Upstox - 111,002 breached accounts
    In April 2021, Indian brokerage firm Upstox suffered a data breach. The incident exposed extensive personal information on over 100k customers including names, genders, dates of birth, physical addresses, banking information and passwords stored as bcrypt hashes. Extensive "know your customer" information was also exposed including scans of bank statements, cheques and identity documents complete with Aadhaar numbers. The data was provided to HIBP by a source who requested it be attributed to "white_peacock@riseup.net".

     
  • Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail - 5,470,063 breached accounts
    In December 2021, Indian retailer Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd was breached and ransomed. The ransom demand was allegedly rejected and data containing 5.4M unique email addresses was subsequently dumped publicly on a popular hacking forum the next month. The data contained extensive personal customer information including names, phone numbers, physical addresses, DoBs, order histories and passwords stored as MD5 hashes. Employee data was also dumped publicly and included salary grades, marital statuses and religions. The data was provided to HIBP by a source who requested it be attributed to "white_peacock@riseup.net".

     
  • FlexBooker - 3,756,794 breached accounts
    In December 2021, the online booking service FlexBooker suffered a data breach that exposed 3.7 million accounts. The data included email addresses, names, phone numbers and for a small number of accounts, password hashes and partial credit card data. FlexBooker has identified the breach as originating from a compromised account within their AWS infrastructure. The data was found being actively traded on a popular hacking forum and was provided to HIBP by a source who requested it be attributed to "white_peacock@riseup.net".

     
  • DatPiff - 7,476,940 breached accounts
    In late 2021, email address and plain text password pairs from the rap mixtape website DatPiff appeared for sale on a popular hacking forum. The data allegedly dated back to an earlier breach and in total, contained almost 7.5M email addresses and cracked password pairs. The original data source allegedly contained usernames, security questions and answers and passwords stored as MD5 hashes with a static salt.

     
  • RedLine Stealer - 441,657 breached accounts
    In December 2021, logs from the RedLine Stealer malware were left publicly exposed and were then obtained by security researcher Bob Diachenko. The data included 441 thousand unique email addresses, usernames and plain text passwords.

     
  • Protemps - 49,591 breached accounts
    In October 2021, the Singaporean recruitment website Protemps suffered a data breach that exposed almost 50,000 unique email addresses. The impacted data includes names, email and physical addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers and passwords stored as unsalted MD5 hashes, among troves of other jobseeker data. The data was provided to HIBP by a source who requested it be attributed to "white_peacock@riseup.net".

     
  • Gravatar - 113,990,759 breached accounts
    In October 2020, a security researcher published a technique for scraping large volumes of data from Gravatar, the service for providing globally unique avatars . 167 million names, usernames and MD5 hashes of email addresses used to reference users' avatars were subsequently scraped and distributed within the hacking community. 114 million of the MD5 hashes were cracked and distributed alongside the source hash, thus disclosing the original email address and accompanying data. Following the impacted email addresses being searchable in HIBP, Gravatar release an FAQ detailing the incident.

     
  • IDC Games - 3,966,871 breached accounts
    In March 2021, 4 million records sourced from IDC Games were shared on a public hacking forum. The data included usernames, email addresses and passwords stored as salted MD5 hashes.

     
  • Ducks Unlimited - 1,324,364 breached accounts
    In mid-2021, Risk Based Security reported on a database sourced from Ducks Unlimited being traded online. The data dated back to January 2021 and contained 1.3M unique email addresses across both a membership list and a list of website users. Impacted data included names, phones numbers, physical addresses, dates of birth and passwords stored as unsalted MD5 hashes.

     
  • ActMobile (unverified) - 1,583,193 breached accounts
    In October 2021, security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered an exposed database he attributed to ActMobile, the operators of Dash VPN and FreeVPN. The exposed data included 1.6 million unique email addresses along with IP addresses and password hashes, all of which were subsequently leaked on a popular hacking forum. Although usage of the service was verified by HIBP subscribers, ActMobile denied the data was sourced from them and the breach has subsequently been flagged as "unverified".

     
  • CoinMarketCap - 3,117,548 breached accounts
    During October 2021, 3.1 million email addresses with accounts on the cryptocurrency market capitalisation website CoinMarketCap were discovered being traded on hacking forums. Whilst the email addresses were found to correlate with CoinMarketCap accounts, it's unclear precisely how they were obtained. CoinMarketCap has provided the following statement on the data: "CoinMarketCap has become aware that batches of data have shown up online purporting to be a list of user accounts. While the data lists we have seen are only email addresses (no passwords), we have found a correlation with our subscriber base. We have not found any evidence of a data leak from our own servers — we are actively investigating this issue and will update our subscribers as soon as we have any new information."

     
  • Thingiverse - 228,102 breached accounts
    In October 2021, a database backup taken from the 3D model sharing service Thingiverse began extensively circulating within the hacking community. Dating back to October 2020, the 36GB file contained 228 thousand unique email addresses, mostly alongside comments left on 3D models. The data also included usernames, IP addresses, full names and passwords stored as either unsalted SHA-1 or bcrypt hashes. In some cases, physical addresses was also exposed. Thingiverse's owner, MakerBot, is aware of the incident but at the time of writing, is yet to issue a disclosure statement. The data was provided to HIBP by dehashed.com.

     
  • Playbook - 50,538 breached accounts
    In September 2021, a publicly accessible PostgresSQL database belonging to the Playbook service was identified. Run by VC firm Plug and Play Ventures, the database had been exposed since October 2020 and contained more than 50 thousand unique email addresses along with names, phone numbers, job titles and passwords stored as PBKDF2 hashes. It took more than 2 weeks after being notified of the exposed data to properly secure it. It's unknown whether Plug and Play Ventures notified impacted individuals as they ceased responding to queries from the press.

     
  • Fantasy Football Hub - 66,479 breached accounts
    In October 2021, the fantasy premier league (soccer) website Fantasy Football Hub suffered a data breach that exposed 66 thousand unique email addresses. The data included names, usernames, IP addresses, transactions and passwords stored as WordPress MD5 hashes.

     
  • Republican Party of Texas - 72,596 breached accounts
    In September 2021, the Republican Party of Texas was hacked by a group claiming to be "Anonymous" in retaliation for the state's controversial abortion ban. The September defacement was followed by a leak of data and documents which included material from the hosting provider Epik. Impacted data included over 72 thousand unique email addresses across various tables, some also including names, geographic location data, IP addresses and browser user agents.

     
  • LinkedIn Scraped Data - 125,698,496 breached accounts
    During the first half of 2021, LinkedIn was targeted by attackers who scraped data from hundreds of millions of public profiles and later sold them online. Whilst the scraping did not constitute a data breach nor did it access any personal data not intended to be publicly accessible, the data was still monetised and later broadly circulated in hacking circles. The scraped data contains approximately 400M records with 125M unique email addresses, as well as names, geographic locations, genders and job titles. LinkedIn specifically addresses the incident in their post on An update on report of scraped data.

     
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