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Groupon says data of SoSasta users leaked

Groupon Inc’s Indian subsidiary SoSasta inadvertently published
its users’ passwords on the internet, but the sensitive information was quickly
removed after the security breach was discovered last week. The world’s largest
daily deals site said an “information security expert” told the
company about the problem Friday morning Indian time, or Thursday night central

Groupon Inc’s Indian subsidiary SoSasta inadvertently published
its users’ passwords on the internet, but the sensitive information was quickly
removed after the security breach was discovered last week. The world’s largest
daily deals site said an “information security expert” told the
company about the problem Friday morning Indian time, or Thursday night central
U.S. time, after which it immediately took down the data and began informing
affected subscribers. Chicago-based Groupon had acquired SoSasta in January
2011

Groupon said the breach involved all subscribers’ passwords,
but it was unclear how many users SoSasta had. Groupon said it fixed the
problem immediately and has started informing SoSasta subscribers, advising
them to change their passwords as soon as possible.

“We removed the information that had been
unintentionally shared,” a Groupon spokesman said. “We will keep our
Indian subscribers fully informed as we learn more,” Groupon added in a
statement. “We are thoroughly reviewing our security procedures for
SoSasta and are implementing measures designed to prevent this kind of issue
from recurring.”

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