One of the largest Indian education platforms, Unacademy has got hacked and it’s user data has been leaked. A data breach has affected this multi-million dollar startup. Read below for more on this.
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Unacademy’s Data Breach
Recently one of India’s largest Education tech platform ‘Unacademy’ has got hacked and the data of 22 million users including those related to Google, Cognizant, Wipro, Infosys, etc including its major investor Facebook have been leaked on Dark web. The hackers are currently bidding this data and the estimated price for this is $2000.
According to US-based firm Cyble, the company had faced and suffered the breach in January 2020 and now it is being sold on the dark web. The company concluded that the data sold contains all the credentials such as login username, passwords, email, date joined, login-log files, first and last names, account profile, and account status.
Word of Unacademy’s CTO
Hemesh Singh , The co-founder and the CTO of Unacademy in a statement said that “As per our internal investigations, email data of around 11 million users has been compromised as against 22 million stated in reports. This is on account of only around 11 million email data of users available on the Unacademy platform. We have been closely monitoring the situation and would like to assure our users that no sensitive information such as financial data or location has been breached. Data security and privacy protection of our users is of utmost importance to us and we are doing “
Later he also said that “We have been closely monitoring the situation
and would like to assure our users that no sensitive information such as financial data or location has been breached. Data security and privacy protection of our users is of utmost importance to us and we are doing everything possible, to ensure no personal information is compromised,”
The US-based firm Cyble also warned all the users of Unacademy to immediately update/change their passwords to make sure their account is safe. Rest unacademy is also monitoring and focusing more on their user credentials and vulnerability in their system.
Implications of this on Unacademy
Unacademy is one of the largest India’s education Tech startup (founded in 2015 by Gaurav Munjal , Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh) had raised $110 million in February which is backed by investors such as Facebook, General Atlantic, Sequoia India, and Blume ventures which had valued the company with a net worth between $400 to $500 million.
This breach will affect the companies integrity by a large factor. If you’re a user at Unacademy, we recommend you to change your password at the platform and keep yourself safe.
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