By Neil Halligan
Classified listing website warns users to change passwords, says small number of users affected
Classified listing website dubizzle.com has said its UAE website suffered a security breach where a small number of registered users have been affected.
dubizzle’s General Manager, Barry Judge said the company sent an email to users on Saturday following the discovery of the breach, warning people to change passwords as a precaution.
“Our technical team has recently uncovered a security breach within dubizzle UAE, which may have affected a small percentage of our database.
“As a precautionary measure and to help ensure that this breach is contained and does not impact our UAE users, we have reset all UAE users’ passwords. Changing passwords is a best practice and standard dubizzle security protocol,” Judge said.
He said the affected database does not store financial information or plain-text passwords, therefore users’ financial details are secure.
“dubizzle does not store credit-card details or have access to this data. Financial data is encrypted and stored separately on a third party secure network. Since the breach occurred, our team has been working efficiently and effectively in applying the best forensics tools and practices to protect our community of users,” he said.
However, Judge warned users they should also change the password used on other websites if it is the same as the one used for dubizzle.com.
“We are also encouraging UAE users who use the same password on other sites to change those passwords, too. The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts,” he said.