Hackers Attack Antivirus Company’s Server, Steal Sensitive Data

downloadIn an interesting twist, one the most popular and much-respected Antivirus and computer security firms BitDefender has recently been hacked and has had a portion of its customer data leaked.

The data breach on BitDefender is incredibly embarrassing for the security firm, not merely because the company failed to prevent its customers data from hackers, but also because the reputed computer security company did not encrypt its customers’ most sensitive data.

The hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome, managed to break into a Bitdefender server that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-sized business clients, and extracted usernames and passwords belonging to these clients. This is because these details were saved in a plain unencrypted form.

The Romanian security company admitted its system was breached and said that the attack on its system didn’t penetrate the server, but a security hole “potentially enabled exposure of a few user accounts and passwords.”

After demanding a $15,000 ransom which the firm refused to pay, the hackers uploaded a list of over 250 usernames and passwords over the internet.

“The issue was immediately resolved, and additional security measures have been put in place to prevent its reoccurrence. Our investigation revealed no other server or services were impacted,” said that company’s spokesperson.

BitDefender is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the issue.

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