The automotive classified website, Pak Wheels reportedly has been a victim of cyber crime resulting in a massive data breach of 674,775 users including names, emails, encrypted passwords, mobile number and Facebook sessions. The users were informed of this news via email from the company on 26th December explaining that the hackers exploited the site’s vulnerability found in the outdated vBulletin forum software.
Pak Wheels didn’t officially give any figure amounting the users whose data was exposed, but Hackread has reported an inside source claiming the number of users that were hurt in the said hacking event. Also, according to information available on LeakedSource, the data breach took place in October of 2016, which means that the company waited two months to notify its users that their data is exposed to be exploited.
2016 was altogether a bad year for cyber attacks as among many other data breaches; Zameen.com was also a target of a cyber attack. The real estate classified website was hacked by a Bangladeshi hacker who dumped its entire database after being ignored by the administration.
Pak Wheels is among the leading e-commerce websites of PTA and according to Alexa is 67th most visited websites in Pakistan. It is yet to be seen how the company will respond the enormous data breach but one thing’s sure that if you’re a Pak Wheels user, change your password immediately and if you’ve used Facebook to log in then change its password as well.