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Meal Kit Service Home Chef Confirms Data Breach

Subscription meal kit service Home Chef has confirmed that it recently suffered a data breach impacting customer information.

Earlier this month, a group of hackers referred to as 'Shiny Hunters' started advertising on the dark web data stolen in several fresh data breaches, including information claimed to have been stolen from Home Chef.

At the time, the hackers were demanding $2,500 for the data stolen from Home Chef, claiming to be in the possession of no less than 8 million such records.

Chicago-based Home Chef this week confirmed the breach, saying that the incident has impacted “select customer information.”

According to the company, the hackers accessed user data such as email addresses, names, phone numbers, hashed passwords, and the last four digits of credit card numbers.

“Information such as frequency of deliveries and mailing address may also have been compromised,” the company says.

Home Chef also underlined the fact that it does not store complete credit or debit card information.

“We are taking action to investigate this situation and to strengthen our information security defenses to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future,” the company notes.

Although the company does not store plaintext passwords, users are advised to change their account passwords. They are also advised to remain vigilant against phishing attacks and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in their accounts.

Home Chef also explained that not all of its customers were impacted in the incident, and that those who did not receive a notification of the breach yet were likely not affected, at least not directly.

What the company has yet to confirm is the total number of impacted users.

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