We have confirmed reports that a hacking group called Black Shadow has broken into an LGBTQ dating site called Atraf and is threatening to leak extremely sensitive information on its users if a $1,000,000 ransom demand is not paid. Black Shadow has already released a batch of Atraf user profiles over the weekend to prove they are serious. I will keep you posted as this develops but in the meantime, if you have an account with Atraf, please follow these steps:
- Contact them right now to make sure that they will pay this ransom. Also, ask them how this breach happened and how will they protect your account information moving forward.
- Change your password and make sure your new password is at least 10 characters long and contains an upper case, lower case, number and a symbol. You can even use a modified phrase or a line from a song if that helps you remember.
- Make sure you do not use the same password twice as this leaves you vulnerable to credential stuffing.
- Find a good password manager tool to help you remember all of your passwords. Some of our users say that 1Password is a good tool.
- Check out Incognito’s Email Hack Check tool. All you have to do is enter your email address and we will tell you instantly if it has been involved in one of the many data breaches that happen every day.
Let me know if you need any help with this.
Incognito Privacy Care Team