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CouchSurfing Investigates Potential Data Breach

The service has reportedly hired a security firm after 17 million user records were found on a public hacking forum.

CouchSurfing, a company that helps travelers find free places to stay, is looking into a data breach following the discovery of 17 million user records for sale on hacking forums and private Telegram channels, ZDNet reports.

An anonymous data broker found that the data has a price tag of $700 and has been advertised as stolen from CouchSurfing servers earlier in July. A sample of the data revealed user IDs, real names, email addresses, and account settings. Notably, it did not include users' passwords.

The data was first shared in Telegram channels, then appeared in public hacking forums. Couchsurfing has reportedly hired an external cybersecurity firm and contacted law enforcement as part of its investigation.

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