Hostinger said it has reset user passwords as a “precautionary measure” after it detected unauthorized access to a database containing information on millions of its customers.
The breach is said to have happened on Thursday. The company said in a blog post it received an alert that one of its servers was improperly accessed. Using an access token found on the server, which can give access to systems without needing a username or a password, the hacker gained further access to the company’s systems, including an API database. That database contained customer usernames, email addresses, and passwords scrambled with the SHA-1 algorithm, which has been deprecated in favor of stronger algorithms after researchers found SHA-1 was vulnerable to spoofing. The company has since upgraded its password hashing to the stronger SHA-2 algorithm.
Hostinger said the API database stored about 14 million customers records. The company has more than 29 million customers on its books.
The company said it was “in contact with the respective authorities.”
An email from Hostinger explaining the data breach. (Image: supplied)
News of the breach broke overnight. According to the company’s status page, affected customers have already received an email to reset their passwords.
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Source: Tech Crunch