Truecaller Database hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

We all know about Truecaller and its been a shocking news for us all that Truecaller Database hacked. Trucallers database has collaborated phone book for us all and their Applications are been used in all major smartphone OS and easily available in the Apps Stores as well for example:  Play Store (Google), etc.

Truecaller database hacked

Truecaller Database hacked by Syrian Electronic Army and Syrian Electronic Army has posted a tweet saying they have hacked into TrueCaller website (www.truecaller.com)

 “Sorry @Truecaller, we needed your database, thank you for it 🙂 http://truecaller.com  #SEA #SyrianElectronicArmy” One of the Tweet reads.

The tweet was spotted by E Hacking News.

The Hackers claim to have downloaded more than 7 database from the Truecaller Server and as per them the size of the main database was 450GB. As per the hackers wordpress version was used by Truecaller website allowed them to gain access to the admin panel though which they were able to dig in.

Truecaller database hacked

In another tweet, the group has provided the database host address, database name, username, and password in plain-text.

According to the report, the database also contained access codes of users’ Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Gmail accounts which can be misused by the hackers.

Founded in 2009 and based in Stockholm, Sweden, Truecaller is a collaborative global phone directory. It is available on the Web and as an app for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian (Series 40/ Series 60), and Windows Phone. The app gained popularity due to its ability to ‘guess’ the name of numbers not stored in a user’s contacts list, using the contacts uploaded by other Truecaller users.

Users can also search for names and other details of a contact if they have the contact’s number through the service. Users can even request to get the number of a person if they know his/ her name though, it’s a paid service. The service also offers social circle recommendations offering a list of people you may know using your social network contacts. Truecaller claims to offer search across over 998,000,000 numbers at the time of writing this post.

As per the Trucaller their statement is as follows – Below information published by Truecaller

Truecaller experienced a cyberattack 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.

As of now our information is been hacked as Truecaller Database is hacked and not sure i will use Truecaller Application on my Mobile Devices in future…?

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