The 500px data breach incident

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News of the monumental 500px data breach incident has hit the media recently. It may have affected all of their users – that’s 15 million people worldwide.

It’s understood that an ‘unauthorised party’ gained access to their systems on 5th July 2018. However, engineers only discovered the security issue and the subsequent breach last month. That means a period of around six months where victims of the 500px data breach have been left vulnerable to further attacks.

It’s thought that all 15 million of their users are affected by the incident. The organisation has triggered password resets as a precaution. Victims will need to keep an eye on their online accounts and activity, as well as being wary of phishing scams.

Information exposed in the 500px data breach

Information that has potentially been exposed in the 500px data breach is said to include the following:

  • Names;
  • Locations;
  • Dates of birth;
  • Email addresses;
  • Genders;
  • Hashed passwords.

That’s enough information for a criminal to do some damage. Whether that means posing as the company itself, or using the information for fraud.

Where people reuse credentials, they can be at an even greater risk of an adverse event.

Help for victims of the 500px data breach

We may be able to help you if you’re a victim of the 500px data breach. Although the company behind the photography networking platform is based in Canada, we may be able to help users of the platform who are based in England and Wales.

We don’t know how many of the 15 million users are based here. What we can do is assess potential claims on a case-by-case basis and confirm whether it’s something that we will be able to take forward.

Our lawyers are already representing people in dozens of different data breach actions. This is our speciality, and victims of the 500px data breach can be entitled to:

It’s understood that people who signed up to the service before 5th July (when the incident took place) are more than likely affected. Those who signed-up after then may be OK, but we don’t yet know for sure.

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