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Lazada suffers data breach with 1.1 million RedMart accounts put online for sale

By Team HardwareZone - on 30 Oct 2020, 9:33pm

Lazada suffers data breach with 1.1 million RedMart accounts put online for sale

Lazada suffered a major data breach on its RedMart-only database. 

In a note posted on the website, Lazada stated that its cybersecurity team discovered a data security incident involving a RedMart-only database hosted on a third-party service provider.

ChannelNewsAsia (CNA) reported that it came across an online forum which was selling personal data from different e-commerce sites around the world, including Lazada. The online forum claimed to have personal information such as names, contact numbers, partial credit numbers from about 1.1 million RedMart users. A Lazada spokesperson later confirmed with CNA that this is true. 

Lazada emphasised that the customer data hosted on the database is more than 18 months out of date. Nonetheless, it has taken immediate action to block unauthorised access to the database. It also clarified that Lazada's current customer data is not affected.

Besides reviewing and enhancing its security system, Lazada is working closely with the relevant authorities. The Personal Data Protection Commission is apparently informed of the breach and is looking into the matter.

As a further security measure, Lazada has logged users out of their existing accounts and they will be prompted to enter a new password. The company also advises customers to not share personal information with anyone over the phone, email or text. 

Source: Lazada, CNA.

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