Back in September 2020, cashback reward platform Shopback admitted that there was a massive data breach on its backend systems, with personal data for customers compromised. As a result, the platform contacted all customers with advice to reset their passwords, as well as to use mobile numbers as an extra layer of security.
If you were/are a Shopback customer and you have/had an account on the platform, the data breach has now been reported on the aptly-named site, Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). More than 20 million unique email addressed (plus names, phone numbers, country of residence, and passwords) have been exposed, the site claims.
If you’re unfamiliar, HIBP is a free resource that lets users find out if their personal data has been compromised (or “pwned”) in a data breach. It’s very simple, and it runs on donations, with founder Troy Hunt saying that the service is run entirely out of his own pocket. As he explains:
“This site serves two primary purposes for me: firstly, it obviously provides a service to the public. Data breaches are rampant and many people don’t appreciate the scale or frequency with which they occur. By aggregating the data here I hope that it not only helps victims learn of compromises of their accounts, but also highlights the severity of the risks of online attacks on today’s internet.”
All you need to do, now that the Shopback data breach is included on the platform, is to search for your phone number/email address on the homepage (remember to use international prefixes for phone numbers).
If your information has been compromised, you should might want to consider using different passwords on digital platforms—with the help of a password manager. Always be careful when opening links and emails, too. Back in 2020, Shopback promised that users’ passwords were encrypted, although there was still the possibility that personal data may have been misused.
To find out if your information has been compromised, click here. Meanwhile, scroll down to the related reading section for more information on the Shopback breach.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the tip!