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GroupOn’s India User Data Apparently Compromised

Daily deals website SoSasta.com, which was acquired by GroupOn, has sent e-mailers to its users, informing them about a security issue affecting users, and advising them to change their passwords and report any unusual activity to the customer support team. This was reported by Mahesh Murthy via a tweet on Twitter. He also posted a screen shot of the e-mail communication, that he received as a registered user. Although the communication mentioned that the issue had been resolved and accounts were safe, it recommended that users also change passwords at other websites, in case they were using the same Username-Password combination. The second statement suggests that the site's password database may have been compromised. However, the e-mail also assures users that financial information such as Credit Card and Debit Card details have not been compromised, since they are not stored on SoSasta's servers and are routed through CCAvenue (which was also reportedly hacked recently). Database Leak; Internal Security Issue Later, Patrick Gray, who runs a web security site Risky.biz tweeted a link to a post on his site, according to which, Australian security consultant Daniel Grzelak, while searching for publicly accessible databases containing e-mail address and password pairs on Google, encountered SoSasta's database, containing e-mail addresses and clear-text passwords of 300,000 users. According to the post, Grzelak contacted GroupOn through Risky.biz and informed about the database, after which corrective measures were taken and users were alerted. MediaNama is in no position to verify Gray's claims. SoSasta has also issued a statement…

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