Dubizzle strengthens online security following breach

Online classifieds website dubizzle says it has enhanced its security infrastructure following a recent security breach where several user accounts and passwords were hacked into.

Over the weekend, several dubizzle customers received a warning message over email instructing them to immediately change their passwords.

“The dubizzle team has recently uncovered a security breach within dubizzle UAE, which may have affected a small percentage of our database,” it said.

The company said it had reset all UAE dubizzle user passwords as a precautionary measure.

“We have reset all UAE dubizzle user passwords, in keeping with standard dubizzle security protocol, to help ensure that this breach is contained and does not impact your use of our site,” it said, adding that only a marginal 1 percentage of data had been breached.

It, however, reassured its registered users that the database does not contain financial information or plain-text passwords.

Barry Judge, dubizzle General Manager, has reaffirmed that the security breach may have affected a small percentage of our database.

"The database does not contain financial information or plain-text passwords – our users’ financial details are secure. Dubizzle does not store credit-card details or have access to this data. Financial data is encrypted and stored separately on a third party secure network.”

He further added that the security infrastructure has been strengthened since the breach. "Since the breach occurred, our team has been working efficiently and effectively in applying the best forensics tools and practices to protect our community of users.

Users have also been advised to change passwords on other sites, if it happens to be the same that was used on dubizzle.

“We are also encouraging UAE users who use the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too. The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts,” he said.

Online security firm Kaspersky said during the last three months alone an average of 23.9 per cent of internet users’ computers across the world came under a web-borne attack at least once with about 26,000,000 unique malicious objects detected.

Kaspersky Lab solutions said it had detected and repelled a total of 379.9 million of malicious attacks from online resources located all over the world during the second quarter of 2015.

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