Popular Android app store “Aptoide” suffers major data breach
Portugal-based third-party Android app store Aptoide, which has previously been in the headlines for accusing Google of unfair treatment, has now suffered a major data breach. According to a recent report from ZDNet, the data breach affects 20 million users of the app store, whose personal information has now been shared on a renowned hacking forum. The publication was able to acquire a copy of the leaked data, in collaboration with data breach monitoring service Under the Breach, which consists of information like the user’s email address, hashed password, real name, sign-up date, sign-up IP address, device details, and date of birth (if provided).
The report further reveals that the data breach affects users who registered or used the Aptoide app store between July 21, 2016, and January 28, 2018. The leaked data, which was obtained by a hacker earlier this month, has been shared as a PostgreSQL file which also consists of technical information like account status, sign-up tokens, developer tokens, and more. The leaked data is part of a larger batch of 39 million user records, which the hacker obtained from the app store. As of now, Aptoide has not released an official comment on the matter despite ZDNet’s efforts to contact the company. It’s also worth noting that the leaked data is still available for download on the aforementioned hacking forum.