Truecaller Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Hackers of the Syrian Electronic Army are back with their latest target Truecaller, the global phone directory application for smartphones and feature phones. Just now, Syrian Electronic Army has posted a tweet saying they have hacked into TrueCaller website(www.truecaller.com).
“Sorry @Truecaller, we needed your database, thank you for it :) http://truecaller.com #SEA #SyrianElectronicArmy” One of the Tweet reads. In another tweet, the group has provided the database host address,database name, username, and password in plain-text.
The hackers managed to get away with 7 databases including the main database which is 450GB in size. According to the pro-Assad hackers, the database contains information that gives them access to over 1 million Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts.
Truecaller hasn’t issued any statements regarding the incident, but the company had shut down its website. “We are doing some upgrades. Thank you for your patience,” was a message posted on truecaller.com.
The Syrian Electronic Army group claimed that the outdated WordPress allowed them to gain access to the admin panel.
Last month, Truecaller had claimed to have clocked 20 million users globally last month, up from 10 million users in January 2013. Truecaller had previously claimed that majority of its users are from India, although it hadn’t disclosed any specific information on its Indian user base. An ET report suggests that the company had 1.6 million users in India as of June 2012 and accounted for half of the company’s userbase.