Popular user-generated stories publisher Wattpad data breached, over 270 million records stolen

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Hacker allegedly steals over 270 million records of Wattpad database to sell them for more than $100,000

Wattpad is a website or app for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fan-fiction, spiritual, humor, LGBTQI, Young Adult, Urban Paranormal, and teen fiction. It aims to create social communities around stories for both amateur and established writers.

According to Bleeping Computer, it was found that about 270 million records from the Wattpad database were allegedly stolen and being sold for about 10 BTC which is about $100,000. Wattpad is immensely popular and is ranked as the 150th most visited site worldwide.

As some anonymous tip provided to the BleepingComputer it was found that this database was being sold by Shiny Hunters, a group known for selling company databases acquired in data breaches.

Bleeping computer worked on some sample records of this stolen database and found that the breach included details like usernames, names, hashed passwords, email addresses, and general geographic location.

We continue to investigate the information you’ve shared and its potential origins. At this time we’ve enlisted external security consultants to aid our investigation. We take the security of our users and their data extremely seriously, and our teams will be working around the clock to uncover any new information.

Kiel Hume, Director of PR & Communications at Wattpad, said Bleeping Computer

While the database was previously being sold for the high price of $100,000, the database is now being offered for free and claims to contain 271 million users.

It is still unclear who stole the database and how the company will recover the stolen data. The company is yet to announce which all users are affected by the breach. To stay updated on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.

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