Millions of phonebook records stolen as Syrian Electronic Army hacks Truecaller

Truecaller, an online collaborative phone directory has been allegedly hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, as per a tweet posted by them that claimed to have got access to the service’s database.

According to E Hacking News, which first reported the issue, the database also contained access codes of more than a million Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Gmail account users, the data of which can be possibly misused by the hackers.

The possible reason, however, as reported could be the fact that Truecaller’s website was based on an outdated version of blogging software WordPress V3.5.1. In addition to it’s database, the hackers have even accessed Truecaller’s admin login credentials and posted it on Twitter. Moreover, a total of seven databases including Truecaller’s main database are hijacked, that consists of 450GB of data exposing several millions of phone records, consisting of a significant Indian population.

Truecaller’s website, which went down after incident for several hours, is now back in action leaving many of it’s users susceptible to the harm.

With over a million Indian users, Truecaller has over 20 million users worldwide in over 100 countries. The service allows people to look up for anonymous mobile/landline numbers and the contact information of the owner of that mobile or landline number.  Other than a website the service is available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian supporting smartphones as well.

Founded in 2009 by co-founders Nami Zarringhalam and Alan Mamedi, the company has also secured $1.3 million funding from Ocean, an early stage VC firm. The company has also partnered with Innoz recently, to help non-smartphone users use its service via text messages.

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