A Turkish hacker’s group called ‘Turkish Ajan Hacker Group’ has hacked the Indian website of leading pizza company Dominos. The company’s India operations is handled by its franchise Jubilant FoodWorks. The news was first reported by Cyberwarnews.
Post hacking the site, the Group leaked details of around 37,000 accounts on Pastebin.com. These included names, contact details (phone numbers, email id’s, city details) as well as passwords. According to Business Standard, the hackers used the SQL injection method and remote file inclusion for getting the data.
The leaked e-mail ids were from top e-mail clients including Hotmail (3,340), Livemail (73), Gmail (13,913) and Yahoo (10,850). At the time of posting this article, Dominos had not confirmed the development with an official response.
UPDATE: Harneet Singh Rajpal, vice president (Marketing) Domino’s Pizza India said: “Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (the company which runs the Domino’s franchise in India) would like to state that there was a breach of security on our ‘wow club’ page on the brand website and the hackers were able to steal some data which was non-commercial in nature. They had posted the data on few blog sites which we have got blocked now. Our online pizza ordering site is fully secure and there has been no leakage of any sort from there. The online ordering customer data is safe and protected.”
He added: “This is a very unfortunate event which has happened despite the security ecosystem that we have created around our online assets. We are committed to data integrity of our esteemed customers and are further beefing up the security investments, monitoring and audits to avoid any such incidence in future.”
Earlier this year, a hacker’s group called the ‘Evil Shadow Team’ had hacked Microsoft Store India. Post hacking, the site was taken offline, with a message displayed on it that read, ‘The Microsoft Store India is currently unavailable. Microsoft is working to restore access as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.’
While hacking was generally considered to be rampant in the west, in recent times India has come under the radar of hackers quite a few times. Last month, hackers group Anonymous took down Samajwadi Party’s (which rules Uttar Pradesh) official website and then tweeted about the same. In June, in retaliation to a John Doe order taken by Copyright Labs, Chennai, from the Madras High Court, for preventing the piracy of a couple of Tamil films, the group had started its ‘operation India’. As part of the operation, the group hacked/defaced official websites of the Supreme Court, the ruling Congress Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Department of Telecommunications and Reliance Big Entertainment, All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) and the Mizoram Government, among others. The group later carried out a peaceful protest in a number of cities in the country.
(Edited by Prem Udayabhanu)