A case of a cyber-attack occurred on the e-learning Unacademy app. This app usage for preparing for competitive examinations like IAS, IPS, IFS.
The information of around 20 million (2 crores) users. has been compromised. Cybersecurity intelligence firm Cybele has information about this data leak incident. According to the cybersecurity firm, in January 2020, the account details of the 2 crore users of this e-learning app were sold in the Dark Web. The dark web can not be indexed by search engines.
The e-learning firm Unacademy has also confirmed the data leak incident. Unacademy stated that did check about the incident, in which the basic information of 11 million (1.1 million) users has been leaked, but no sensitive information.
The company claims that they use the PBKDF algorithm with SHA256 hash so it is not easy to crack the password of e-learners. Also, we use an OTP based log-in system for more security, so that the account can get extra layer security. Although, the company is still monitoring.
Note: Cybele Security informed about the data leaks of the popular video calling app Zoom in the past. The log-in details of more than 5 million users of Zoom were sold on the dark web.
The Unacademy app has millions of users. Currently, due to the coronavirus lockdown, most of the contestants and students are preparing for the exam using an e-learning platform like Unacademy. In the last few days, due to the lockdown (due to coronavirus) in many countries around the world, people are using more Internet and digital communication than ever before. So, hackers have also become more active.