Canadian-based online publishing platform Wattpad suffered a data breach exposing details for nearly 270 million users.


Information Security news site BleepingComputer received a tip and had been tracking the rumoured sale of the stolen database since July 7. The data was then later offered for free on a hacker forum.

In a statement issued this week by Wattpad, they note the breached data include:

  • Email address
  • Date of birth and gender (if provided)
  • IP address upon sign up, if signed up before 2017
  • Profile display name
  • Account name and salted and cryptographically hashed passwords
  • Responses provided to surveys distributed in 2015 or earlier
  • List of Paid Stories and chapter titles purchased by a user
  • Any third-party account IDs, such as Google or Facebook.

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