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images (9)Groupon Taiwan’s 4.1 million user database has been hacked. According to recent reports, a hacker accessed a database containing user names and encrypted passwords, though the company says no credit card numbers, full names, addresses or phone numbers were exposed.

All users are in the process of being sent a formal notification letter, which notifies them to reset their passwords for a safety precaution.

According to Groupon, the breach only affected its services in Taiwan, not in other countries

Here is Groupon Taiwan’s statement, translated.

Taiwan’s public statement cool friends


Taiwan confirmed with cool friends web database attacks, has already identified a member of the stolen information includes encrypted password (Note) and e-mail, but fortunately our system has never saved any member

Credit card information and shipping address / telephone / recipient name, so the information was stolen does not contain any member of the financial and living related information. Taiwan has cool friends for all members issue a formal notification letter, in addition to

Update the password provided in the letter of the process description, the customer service unit will also be set from 9:00 to 21:00 Description of services seven days round. 5/30 is not received before “Personal Data Maintenance notification letter” members, representing the

Your account is not in this incident was stolen list. Groupon U.S. headquarters security technology unit has the highest standard of security measures to provide support and prevent from 5/19 up from any party intrusion. This event is only

Occurred in Taiwan single status, does not affect other parts of Groupon also no association. Taiwanese cool friends again based views of accidents caused inconvenience and negative perceptions caused to all of our members on

Deepest apologies.

In this database theft incident, via FB and Yahoo accounts to log a member of Taiwan’s first cool friends accounts are excluded from the list of risks outside, so the two pipes Login ID and password chosen by the FB and Yahoo side

Protection and management. The use of formal Taiwan Cool Points account information stolen while a member of intrusion due to unknown third parties in the course of only a few hours incurs Taiwan’s technical units found cool friends and stopped blocking the affected

Account for approximately Taiwan cool friends all Member number 1/10, rather than the entire membership of Taiwan cool friends. Hereby clarified.

Note: The encrypted password encryption algorithm to protect the means of the password. To maintain data security, Taiwan’s cool friends is not “plain” way to store password when the password is saved to the database, it will go through

Encrypted garbled, so even if they are non-account holders to see, can not easily identify what the actual password.

Taiwanese cool friends

Groupon Taiwan

Customer Service Tel: (02) 2713-1485

Source: eSecurityPlanet

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