It is bad press that the French platform Deezer would have done well. Data from nearly 250 million user accounts of French music streaming platform Deezer have surfaced in recent weeks on personal data trafficking forums, according to several data leak sites. The data had been leaked in 2019, but it was in the last few weeks that it would be shared.
Deezer confirmed on Tuesday that it had been notified that data stolen “from one of (its) former service providers” in 2019 had been exposed on the internet.
What information is contained in this data?
“Data exposed includes basic information, such as names and surnamesthe Date of birthL’email address “, Deezer clarified. According to the platform, they only contain ” no password or payment details “.
the American site restoreprivacy.orgwhich raised the case as early as November, he added type, location data (city and country), the date of accession and User ID were part of the exposed data.
How many users affected?
Deezer declined to confirm the number of affected user accounts.
But, according to the stolen data tracker Damien Bancal, author of the specialized blog Zataz.com, the data of 257 million users have been uploaded, representing more than 260GB (gigabytes) of information.
The American site restoreprivacy.org has indicated for its part that it has identified “more than 240 million” affected accounts. According to this site, the database specifically contains the data of 46.2 million users in France, 37.1 million in Brazil and 15.3 million in Germany.
Deezer warned the CNIL, the French guarantor of digital privacy, in November, and has been working with it “Since then in close collaboration”. In agreement with the CNIL, “we are contacting affected users by email to make them aware of the risks of phishing (phishing) and encourage them to be vigilant,” explained Deezer.
“We recommend that our users, as a precaution, change their passwords,” the company said.
The basis of this stolen data “had already been on sale in the private spaces” of the hackers for some time, explained Damien Bancal. “On December 23,” more than three years after the initial theft according to Deezer, “the file was made freely available” on a freely accessible site well known to pirates and hackers, he added.