Hacked OpenSubtitles, stolen data of 7 million users

OpenSubtitles, a popular website where you can find subtitles for movies, announced that it was hacked last year and that a ransom was paid after the attack to keep hackers silent about the attack.

He is the administrator of the “oss” site on the forum discovered what happened after a copy of the stolen files appeared on the Internet, after which it was found on the HaveIBeenPwned website.

OpenSubtitles said the data of 6,783,158 users who registered on the site was stolen after the incident. Stolen data includes email addresses, usernames and hashed passwords.

The administrator of OpenSubtitles admitted that when the site was launched in 2006, they did not know enough about security, but that now the situation is different and that the shortcomings have been eliminated.

Speaking in more detail about the incident, the administrator said that the attempted extortion happened last August and that one of their administrators was to blame for the incident, who used a weak password. In August 2021, OpenSubtitles received a message on the Telegram from hackers who showed them proof that they could access their database. He demanded a ransom in bitcoins to keep quiet about the attack and promised to delete the data.

“We barely agreed, because it was not a small amount of money,” said the site administrator.

The hacker helped them correct the error he used to access the data.

Users are advised to change their passwords. OpenSubtitles said that users’ payment card data is secure because it is stored on another platform.

Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.

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