Have I Been Pwned, created by Troy Hunt, recently claimed that up to 3.4 million emails were “leaked” in a “breach” in August 2020. Paytm Mall has always maintained that no offense had never taken place.
Troy Hunt, the creator of the Have I Been Pwned website, on Friday retracted his claim that as many as 3.4 million accounts were compromised in an August 2020 “hack” of Paytm Mall, the wing of the Paytm e-commerce marketplace.
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“An update on this breach: After uploading it to @haveibeenpwned, @paytm team lead m infosec contacted and we discussed the authenticity of the data, which they claim was not from “Them. We now collectively believe it’s fabricated, here’s why,” Hunt tweeted.
Hunt then posted an elaborate Twitter thread explaining why he now believes the data breach never happened.
“This violation was subsequently flagged as ‘fabricated’. More here,” Have I Been Pwned posted, citing Hunt’s Twitter feed.
Meanwhile, reacting to the development, a Paytm Mall spokesperson said: “The online platform that reported a data breach of our systems has reviewed it and responsibly withdrew its complaint. This validates our previous statement, in which we said the data breach was unrelated to us after conducting thorough investigations. We want to reassure our users that their data is absolutely secure and that protecting their information remains our top priority.
Previously, in a stern response to media reports that personal information about users had been “leaked” in said “breach”, the company called the information “unsubstantiated”.
Created in December 2013, Have I Been Pwned is a website that allows Internet users to check whether their personal data has been compromised during data breaches.