It is seen that online learning has picked up right now because of the fact that all the schools, colleges and learning institutions remain closed due to the virus outbreak. This is also the reason why we are seeing that Zoom meetings for online learning have increased. Now, there are platforms such as Udemy, Unacademy as well as others where students can attend classes online as well as get their knowledge even though they cannot attend physical classes and it is important to learn things as well. However, hacking is a concern right now and nothing is being sparred by the hackers.
In the latest report, it is revealed that Unacademy has been hacked as well and what is more damaging is the fact that hackers have sold the data of users that have been breached. It is said that 22 million users had their data stolen and their data has been sold. For some insights, Unacademy is India’s largest online learning platforms boasting 14K teachers, over a million video lessons, and over 22 million registered users.
The worst part is that these users had their data selling for just $2000. Yes, the hacker sold data of 22 million Unacademy users for just $2000 which means that the data meant nothing for the hackers but it is a huge privacy issue for all those who had their accounts on the platform. Since the entire platform was hacked, all of the users’ accounts were breached and their data were revealed.
As per information, this data includes usernames, SHA-256 hashed passwords, date joined, last login date, email addresses, first and last names, and whether the account is active, a staff member, or a superuser. It was said that the database contains around 20 million users’ credentials but even the hacker was not aware that the database actually contained 21,909,707 user records as per the report.