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Truecaller Database Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

by on Jul.19, 2013, under News

The servers of Truecaller, a cross-platform global service that claims to be the world’s largest collaborative phone directory, have been hacked by Syrian Electronic Army. The hacker group claimed on its Twitter accounts and website, that it has managed to get access into the databases of the largest “telephone directory” in the world.

Truecaller Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The group backed its statement by tweeting once more with screenshot of database containing host address, database name, username and password in plain text. The database is also said to contain access codes of more than a million Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts. This may lead to compromise of personal data of many. The hackers have claimed that it was the outdated WordPress the website was using which made it very easy for them to access to the admin panel.

Truecaller has now issued an official statement saying:
“Truecaller experienced a cyber attack on our website that resulted in an unauthorized access to some data. We were able to shut it down moments after we discovered it. Our investigation into the matter indicates the attackers were able to access ‘tokens’, which was immediately reset. Metaphorically speaking, a ‘token’ is a unique lock for each user, but what the attackers did not acquire is the needed key, which has also been reset.
Truecaller does not store passwords, credit card information, or any other sensitive information about our users. It is false information that attackers were able to access our user’s Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media passwords.
We are still investigating the extent of unauthorized access of our database. We have outlined steps to help us deal with the situation. These steps include more complex security measures and various other tools we want to keep within the company.
We feel it is crucial to publicize the attack because it is important that we keep true to the honesty and integrity of the Truecaller brand.
We want to thank our users for their patience, as we are still investigating and acquiring information.”

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