In August 2022, news broke of an attack against the Russian streaming service “START”. The incident led to the exposure of 44M records containing 7.4M unique email addresses. The impacted data also included the subscriber's country and password hash. START subsequently acknowledged the incident in a Telegram post and stated that the data dated back to 2021.
In August 2022, millions of records from Mexican bank “Banorte” were publicly dumped on a popular hacking forum including 2.1M unique email addresses, physical addresses, names, phone numbers, RFC (tax) numbers, genders and bank balances. Banorte have stated that the data is “outdated”, although have not yet indicated how far back it dates to. Anecdotal feedback from HIBP subscribers suggests the data may date back 8 years to 2014.
In June 2020, the web development site SitePoint suffered a data breach that exposed over 1M customer records. Impacted data included email and IP addresses, names, usernames, bios and passwords stored as bcrypt hashes.
In January 2022, a vulnerability in Twitter's platform allowed an attacker to build a database of the email addresses and phone numbers of millions of users of the social platform. In a disclosure notice later shared in August 2022, Twitter advised that the vulnerability was related to a bug introduced in June 2021 and that they are directly notifying impacted customers. The impacted data included either email address or phone number alongside other public information including the username, display name, bio, location and profile photo. The data included 6.7M unique email addresses across both active and suspended accounts, the latter appearing in a separate list of 1.4M addresses.
In May 2022, the survey website QuestionPro was the target of an extortion attempt relating to an alleged data breach. Over 100GB of data containing 22M unique email addresses (some of which appear to be generated by the platform), are alleged to have been extracted from the service along with IP addresses, browser user agents and results relating to surveys. QuestionPro would not confirm whether a breach had occurred (although they did confirm they were the target of an extortion attempt), so the data has been flagged as “unverified” and may have been sourced from another location.
In January 2021, data from a number of breached services including Tuned Global were released to a public hacking forum. The breach appears to date back to 2016 and includes 985k records containing email addresses, names, a small number of physical addresses and passwords stored in plain text.
In October 2013, the (now defunct) downloads website “Mecho Download” suffered a data breach that exposed 438k records. Data from the vBulletin based website included email and IP addresses, usernames and passwords stored as salted MD5 hashes.
In January 2016, the esports website Battlefy suffered a data breach that exposed 83k customer records. The impacted data included email addresses, usernames and passwords stored as bcrypt hashes.
In August 2020, the Indian payment provider Paytm was reported as having suffered a data breach and subsequent ransom demand, after which the data was circulated publicly. Although Paytm denied the breach at the time, verification with impacted HIBP subscribers showed their data to be accurate and that they were indeed users of the platform. The impacted data covered 3.4M unique email addresses along with names, phone numbers, genders, dates of birth, income levels and previous purchases.
In August 2016, the pocket PC fan site forum PPCGeeks suffered a data breach that exposed over 490k records. The breach of the vBulletin forum exposed email and IP addresses, usernames, dates of birth and passwords stored as salted MD5 hashes. The data was provided to HIBP by a source who requested it be attributed to “email@example.com”.
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