Personally identifiable information of Aptoide users shared by hacker
As first reported by ZDNet, the database posted by the hackers includes personally identifiable information of Aptoide users, including their name, email, and date of birth to sign-up date, IP address, device details, and other technical information.
The batch also had passwords, although that information was encrypted with cryptographic hashes, the outlet said after going through a copy of the data.
Aptoide has been informed about the breach and the information exposure but the people managing the platform have not yet commented on the matter.
The Portugal-based open-source marketplace went live all the way back in 2009 and claims to have more than 150 million users around the world - all using its apps via smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and VR devices.
Aptoide offers over 1 million apps, including many that are not available on the Google Play Store - a key USP of the service.
However, during its decade-long run, the marketplace has also had multiple encounters with Google, including a case in which it claimed that the US-based marketplace had used its Play Protect program to remove Aptoide from 2.2 million smart devices.