ZEE5 Refutes Reports That Claims Personal User Data Has Been Compromised By Hackers


It was recently reported that a hacker named “John Wick” and “Korean Hackers” claimed to hack ZEE5 systems. They were also threatening to “expose the database and code in public for open sale”. However, ZEE5 recently denied these reports and said that it’s currently investigating the matter.

As first reported by IANS, the hacker claimed to have stolen over 150GB of user data along with the source code. Tushar Vohra, Head Technology, ZEE5 India, said in a statement, that “We are also cognizant of the fact that the OTT sector has exploded in the past few years, so has hackers’ interest in it.

Especially post COVID-19 outbreak, data hacks have been on a steady rise. It is a shallow attempt to gain vested interests”. He also added that ZEE5 is partnering with top leaders to implement strong security measures including Akamai, AWS (Amazon Web Services).

The hacker also revealed a list of all the data that he plans to be revealing which included recent transactions, passwords, emails, mobile numbers, email id, messages, and more. Hackers told BleepingComputer that they are security experts from Korea who find bugs and report it to clients.

But, if the clients don’t respond back, they then make money. They also mentioned that they have hacked 50 websites but haven’t sold anything. They’re currently in conversation with ZEE5 and are asking for minimum 10 Ethereum “donation” for help.

There has recently been a surge in cyber attacks. Just last month, Cyble, a cybersecurity intelligence firm, revealed that a hacker had begun to sell the user database of Unacademy, India’s largest online learning platform, containing over 20 million accounts for $2,000 (Rs 1,51,640). Similarly, BHIM app, an Indian mobile payment App developed by the National Payments Corporation of India, also suffered a massive data leak recently, affecting 7.26 million BHIM users across India.

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