Tech: 17 Million Zomato user records stolen

Online food delivery and restaurant search service Zomato disclosed that information of close to 17 million user accounts has been stolen in a security breach, according to Bloomberg.

The service provider’s Chief Technical Officer Gunjan Patidar, who wrote about the incident on the company’s blog, said no financial details were at risk.

The stolen information includes the users’ email addresses and hashed passwords. A hashed password cannot be converted or decrypted to plain text and will remain safe, Patidar said. However, he advised those using the same password across other platforms to change it. Zomato has logged out affected users and reset their passwords as a precautionary measure.

Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, while retweeting Patidar’s blog post, promised a thorough investigation into the matter.

The statements came after news broke on Twitter that account details had been hacked.

Patidar said the company would work actively on plugging any security breaches in the system. In addition, they would enhance the security measures and add another layer of authorisation for internal teams who have access to data to avoid any human breach.