GoDaddy data breach exposes information from over 1 million people

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1.2 million people were affected by the data breach.

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Customer information, including email addresses, account numbers and passwords belonging to more than one million GoDaddy users, was exposed in a data breach, the company said in a statement. Monday regulatory filing,

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According to the web hosting company’s Securities and Exchange Commission notification, breaches of WordPress, a web-based content management system used by bloggers and websites, affected users. The system was first compromised on 6 September when an unauthorized person used a stolen password to gain access, but the breach was not detected until 17 November.

Disclosure of account passwords could put GoDaddy users at risk of their accounts being taken over by cybercriminals, while compromising email addresses increases the likelihood that they will eventually be used. Phishing attack.

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GoDaddy said the email addresses and customer account numbers of up to 1.2 million active and inactive managed WordPress customers were exposed. In addition, the original WordPress administrative password created during the account setup process was exposed. If those credentials were still in use, the company said it had reset them.

SFTP and database usernames and passwords of active customers were also exposed. GoDaddy has since reset them as well. And some customers’ SSL private keys were exposed. GoDaddy said it is in the process of issuing and installing new certificates for those customers.

GoDaddy said its investigation is ongoing and it is reaching out to affected customers. Customers can also directly reach the company through this online help center,

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