Database of 300,000 Accidentally Published
DATA LOSS—INDIAJune 30, 2011
The Register reports that Sosasta.com, a subsidiary of Groupon, accidentally published a database containing e-mail addresses and clear-text passwords of approximately 300,000 users. The report also states that the cache was indexed by Google. The published data was discovered by a security consultant in Australia. A spokesman from Groupon said they were alerted of the issue and have addressed the problem, adding, "We have begun notifying our subscribers and advising them to change their Sosasta passwords as soon as possible...We will keep our Indian subscribers fully informed as we learn more."