Category: Data Breach News

Data Breach Summary

In a recent security breach detected by InsecureWeb, the popular website about.com fell victim to a cyberattack. On December 2023, our team discovered that the hacker known as @NinjaDefender had successfully breached about.com’s security systems. The breach involved a significant amount of sensitive information, with approximately 195 bytes of data stolen. It is important to note that the breach was detected on a different date, and not on the same day it occurred. InsecureWeb, a leading company specializing in scanning the dark web for leaked security holes, was responsible for the detection of this breach.

Where and How?

The security breach occurred within the chat apps of about.com. The hacker, @NinjaDefender, gained unauthorized access to the website’s database, where a trove of valuable information was stored. Among the compromised data were thousands of emails, which could potentially expose users to phishing attempts and other cyber threats.

A Screenshot of the data can be found below:

Company Data Breach History

about.com, now a platform primarily focused on health services, has a relatively clean history with no known previous security breaches. The website previously served as a portal providing information and resources on various topics. However, its structure has undergone significant changes, narrowing its focus to health-related services. This breach marks the first known instance of a security violation on about.com.

Recommendations for Personal Data Protection

How Users Can Protect Their Information

To protect their personal information and accounts from being compromised, users should take the following steps:

– Change their passwords frequently, with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

– Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.

– Use unique passwords for each account, to prevent hackers from accessing multiple accounts with the same password.

– Be cautious of suspicious emails or messages, as they may contain phishing links that can compromise their accounts.

– Regularly monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.

What is InsecureWeb?

InsecureWeb is a Dark Web monitoring service that keeps track of recent data breaches and tracks their impact by monitoring the darkest places of the internet.

Our commitment lies in providing top-notch cybersecurity services to our clients. Through continuous monitoring of the dark web and advanced threat detection methodologies, we strive to identify potential breaches promptly, enabling swift response and mitigation efforts. With our state-of-the-art tools and expertise, we prioritize the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our clients’ data.