GoDaddy reveals sensitive information of 1.2 million users leaked

New Delhi: Global web hosting website GoDaddy has disclosed a major data breach that compromised the sensitive information of nearly 1.2 million of its WordPress customers.

In a blog post, GoDaddy’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Demetrius Comes said he had discovered unauthorized access to its managed WordPress servers.

The email and subscriber count of up to 1.2 million active and inactive managed WordPress customers had been exposed, Cums said late on Monday. Exposure to email addresses is prone to phishing attacks.

On November 17th, the company discovered unauthorized third-party access to our managed WordPress hosting environment.

We identified suspicious activity in our managed WordPress hosting environment and immediately began an investigation with the help of an IT forensics firm and contacted law enforcement, the company said. By using a compromised password, an unauthorized third party gained access to the provisioning system in our Legacy Code Base for Managed WordPress.

GoDaddy has warned users that this risk could put users at greater risk of phishing attacks.

The original WordPress admin password that was set at the time of provisioning was also exposed.

“We regret this incident and the concern it has caused to our customers,” Cums said. We will learn from this incident and are already taking steps to strengthen our provisioning system with additional layers of security.

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