Italian email service provider has recently suffered from a cyber attack that leaked data of over 600,000 users which have been listed on sale on the dark web. The company has admitted today in a report.
According to the hackers, known as the NN Hacking Group, the attack was carried out in January 2018, when they were able to steal sensitive data from Email.it’s servers and demanded a bounty.
According to the report, the stolen emails have information such as passwords in plain text, security questions, email content and attachments for users who signed up or used the free email service between 2007 to 2020. This is really sensitive data that has been gone up on sale on the dark web.
The company admitted itself that it suffered from the cyber attack. Email.it claimed to have informed the authorities about the breach rather than making a payment to the hackers. On the other hand, NN recently posted a tweet on Twitter to promote the listing on a website hosted on the dark web after they attempted to blackmail the company failed.
Now, these stolen data is being sold on the dark web for as much as 0.5 and 3 bitcoins for each file. In addition to that, the hackers have also claimed that they can also take on plain text SMS sent using the service provided by the email company and has also mentioned that they have stolen the source code of Email.it’s web applications. This is complete destruction for the company as this is not a small data breach.
On the other hand, the company, while accepting the breach, said that the hacked server contained only administrative data like the user’s billing address. Since financial details were stored on another server, there is no effect on them from the cyber attack.
Also, the company confirmed that the details of the business email address have not been compromised with this attack and are safe as earlier. Email.it also confirmed that it had patched the servers and informed the local data privacy regulatory authorities about the incident.
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