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Truecaller's 7 million users account hacked
From: Erica Absetz <erica () riskbasedsecurity com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:57:26 -0500


Truecaller, a service that shows you name of the person calling you
even when you don't have the number saved in your phone and which
claims to have world's largest collaborative phone directory, seem to
have been hacked by hackers representing Syrian Electronic Army.
Ehacking News has reported the incident.

Syrian Electronic Army has posted a tweet regarding the hack which
reads "Sorry @Truecaller, we needed your database, thank you for it :)
http://truecaller.com #SEA #SyrianElectronicArmy".

It has even passed the database excerpts to buttress its claims on
Twitter. The hackers claimed to have to get away with seven databases
including the main database that represents 450 GB of data, and has
over a million users with their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail
accounts according to hackers.

Truecaller works by users agreeing to share their phonebook with the
service that lets Truecaller display the name of the caller if it is
not saved in the recipient's phonebook. It is not clear if database
containing names, numbers and other contact details of non-users was
accessible to hackers or not.
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