Emails, Hashed Passwords Of 18 Million Ixigo Users Stolen

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User data of more than 20 million, mainly email IDs and hashed passwords, were allegedly stolen from online travel aggregation platform Ixigo. This is part of some of the data steal that saw user information which is being leaked from seven other global sites, which includes home improvement website Houzz.

Ixigo founder and CEO Aloke Bajpai told in a report that the company will issue a notification to its users to reset their passwords as a safety measure. British news platform The Register first reported the data leak. Backed by China’s Fosun, Ixigo had over 20 million monthly active users in November last year. A company spokesperson said it had nearly 100 million users in total.

“Ixigo is as of now currently investigating this alleged security breach. We are a travel marketplace and we take our users’ privacy and data seriously. We do not store much more of the payment, cards or financial information for any of our users. We encrypt and hash our passwords with a one-way hashing algorithm,” Bajpai said in a statement.

Bengaluru-based FreshMenu saw data of over a lakh users stolen in 2016. But it came to light only after have I been pwned (HIBP) — a platform that tells you if your email has been compromised in any form of data breach — disclosed it last September. For Zomato, the scale of the leak was higher with data of 17 million users compromised.

Across the globe, Equifax, Yahoo, eBay and Uber, among others, have faced some of the biggest data leaks online.

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