The news aggregator Menéame has suffered a cyberattack in which the personal data of some users was stolen, the platform has acknowledged in a statement. “The attack was stopped immediately but we have not been able to prevent the data leak,” the site managers lament.
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As Menéame explained, 41.5% of its 660,000 users have been directly affected by the leak. The company has not reported the specific data that the attackers have been able to access, although it has decided to “implement a reset for all passwords.”
Menéame’s statement comes hours after a cybersecurity specialist alerted on Twitter that someone is selling a personal database of its users on a dark web hacker forum. For $200, it offers access to a package containing “username, email, password, and more.”
“We ask you, as always, to avoid using the same password on several websites and if possible, change Menéame’s,” asks the news aggregator, founded in 2005. The seriousness of this type of attack lies in the fact that it also Being able to affect the site where the leak occurs, it gives cybercriminals the ability to cross-reference the passwords obtained with other databases and access services that are unrelated to the one attacked in the first place.
The platform is investigating the legal consequences of the breach. elDiario.es has contacted Menéame to collect its number of total users as of today and to be able to report the total number of affected members, but has not yet received a response. According to SimilarWeb, which analyzes the traffic of web pages and applications, Menéame has about 15 million monthly visits and is the 117th most consulted page in Spain.
The veteran news aggregator, a classic Spanish Internet portal, had its own space on the front pages in 2014, as a result of its opposition to the AEDE canon. This rate agreed between the main publishers of the written press and the Government of Mariano Rajoy intended to charge news aggregators for linking to media websites. The AEDE canon was designed for Google News, which after its approval decided to close its news aggregation service in Spain.
The departure of Google caused Menéame to remain the only objective of the rate. The administrators denounced that their payment would lead to the closure of the platform and its users launched a boycott against the headers that had promoted the approval of the canon, which was never collected. The boycott lasted until 2019. Today the AEDE canon has been repealed and Google News has also returned to Spain.