Skip to main content

Popular Food Site Zomato Breached – 17 Million Users Affected

By June 5, 2017May 25th, 2021Technology News

India’s largest online restaurant guide, Zomato, boasts some 120 million users. If you live there, or have employees in India, they may have been impacted, as the company has just reported that some 17 million of its user base saw their personal information compromised during a recent, large scale data breach. The as yet unidentified hackers have made the stolen information available on the Dark Web.

According to the official company statement, user passwords were not among the data stolen, but they appear to be downplaying the issue. If the hackers were to make use of the latest password cracking technologies (and there’s no reason to think that they wouldn’t have access to them), even a long, 18-character password could be cracked in a matter of hours, regardless of the encryption the site uses.

The potential silver lining, though, is that credit card and other payment data is stored on a separate system, and was therefore not exposed during the breach. Even so, that still leaves user names, potentially user passwords and location data all available to the hackers and anyone who buys the data.

As with other large scale data breaches like this, the biggest danger comes not from the theft of the data itself, but from the ripple effect. To this day, more than 50% of ’netizins use the same password across multiple web properties.

If you use the same password on Zomato as you use to log into your bank or credit card accounts, then you are at genuine risk of falling victim to rogue transactions or full-blown identity theft.

As ever, if you’re a user of the site, the first, best recommended course of action is to change your password immediately, and do the same for any other accounts which may use the same password.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.