Robinhood Says It Was Hacked and Extorted But Nobody Lost Any Moneyby BeauHD
Robinhoood was hacked last week by someone who socially engineered a customer service representative to gain access to the email addresses of more than 5 million customers, the full names of 2 million other customers, and other data from a much smaller group of customers, the company said in a blog post published Monday. The hacker then allegedly attempted to extort the company. Motherboard reports: "The unauthorized party socially engineered a customer support employee by phone and obtained access to certain customer support systems," Robinhood wrote in the blog post. "At this time, we understand that the unauthorized party obtained a list of email addresses for approximately five million people, and full names for a different group of approximately two million people."
"We also believe that for a more limited number of people -- approximately 310 in total -- additional personal information, including name, date of birth, and zip code, was exposed, with a subset of approximately 10 customers having more extensive account details revealed," it added. "We are in the process of making appropriate disclosures to affected people." Robinhood wrote that "the attack has been contained and we believe that no Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or debit card numbers were exposed and that there has been no financial loss to any customers as a result of the incident.â