According to a BBC article, the popular online restaurant and nightlife guide, with over 120 million users, had information stolen including its users email addresses and passwords.
Zomato allows users to search for and review restaurants, cafés and bars much like it’s chief competitor Yelp.
Zomato has reset the passwords and logged out those that were impacted by the hack.
“The hashed password cannot be converted/decrypted back to plain text – so the sanctity of your password is intact in case you use the same password for other services,” the company said in its security notice to users.
“But if you are paranoid about security like us, we encourage you to change your password for any other services where you are using the same password.”
A study by Trusteer, an online security firm, states that 73% of people online use the same password for online banking as we do for other online logins. Out of those 73%, many use the same password for all online accounts. What’s more shocking, 47% of us use both the same email address AND password.
World Password Day just occurred on May the 4th urging online users worldwide to change and secure their passwords.
Zomato was quoted in the original article as saying “no payment information or credit card data has been stolen/leaked.”
Zomato stated that “an internal (human) security breach” is what led to the theft of the data.
Zomato is based in India and is used in over 10,000 cities worldwide, including including Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.