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article imageIndian Groupon wracked by immense security breach

By Edward Xiao     Jun 29, 2011 in World
New Delhi - The Indian subsidiary of online discounts and deals giant Groupon accidentally released confidential user information from its subscriber database, including passwords and emails., the name of the Indian subsidiary, was affected by a security problem last Friday, according to a press release from AFP. According to Groupon, it "corrected the problem immediately."
Purchased by Groupon in January 2011, Sosasta informed its users Tuesday that they should "change your Sosasta password immediately."
Meanwhile, Daniel Grzelak, founder of the internet security website, was running a search for public password and email databases. According to Global News, Grzelak's website holds over a million emails from across the world and allows internet users to check whether or not their emails are at risk.
It was during this routine check that Grzelak discovered the security breach. In a statement to ,he said, "A few hours and tweaks later, this database came up.
I started scrolling, and scrolling, and I couldn't get to the bottom of the file. Then I realized how big it actually was."
Responding to this, Groupon stated, "Groupon takes security and privacy very seriously. Our users' trust is of paramount importance to us and we deeply regret this incident. This issue does not affect data from any other country or region."
Earlier this month, Groupon announced its decision to go public after dodging a buyout attempt from Google for $6 billion. Currently, the organization has over 83 million subscribers in over 43 countries across the world.
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