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Hackers Try to Extort Survey Firm QuestionPro After Alleged Data Theft

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Hackers claimed to have stolen the database containing respondents’ personal information from QuestionPro, an online survey platform.

Attack details

According to QuestionPro, a cyberactor extorted its company by threatening to release captured data containing 22 million unique email addresses if it did not pay bitcoin.

Among the stolen records are email addresses, IP addresses, geographic addresses, and other information related to QuestionPro surveys.

According to QuestionPro, they have not met the hacker’s demands and are investigating data breaches.

Even though it’s impossible to verify the database’s authenticity, Hunt says that it contains hundreds of thousands of entries that use the @questionpro.com email addresses, which indicates evidence that the data is likely associated with the company.

According to BleepingComputer, “pompompurin,” who is responsible for several high-profile attacks including the breach of the US FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal and the theft of customer data from Robinhood, acquired the database in May, but another hacker may be responsible.

The threat actor (known by the pseudonym pompompurin) is alleged to be the only user in custody of the ~100GB of data taken. Below is a screenshot of the claim on a forum.

Below are further claims by the alleged threat actor on proof of authenticity of the dataset exfiltrated.

Will those affected be notified?

Troy Hunt, owner of data breach notification service Have I Been Pwned, says he will be adding the incident to his site as an “unverified” breach, and subscribers found in the database will be notified.

“My commitment to subscribers is to let them know if I find their data in a breach and right now, verified or not, I’m sitting on their data and would like to notify them,” Hunt told BleepingComputer.

You can also manually check the security status of your email accounts using the Have I Been Pwned web page.

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji

Ahmed Khanji is the CEO of Gridware, a leading cybersecurity consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. An emerging thought leader in cybersecurity, Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and regularly contributes to cybersecurity conversations in Australia. As well as his extensive background as a security advisor to large Australian Enterprises, he is a regular keynote speaker and guest lecturer on offensive cybersecurity topics and blockchain.

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