LeBonCoin Suffers Data Leak and Boliga Comes Under Cyber Attack on Same Weekend

March 26, 2024
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LeBonCoin, the leading French horizontal marketplace owned by Adevinta, has acknowledged that some of its users' personal information was exposed over the weekend of March 16th and 17th.

The leak was put down to what the company terms as a "technical incident" that has since been rectified. The incident saw buyers' full names, phone numbers, and email addresses displayed to private sellers on the platform.

A company spokesperson stressed that no passwords or banking information was affected.

LeBonCoin's admission comes after some users took to social media to discuss the leak. French internet consumers are among the most protected in the world and the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities.

On the same weekend, Danish real estate vertical Boliga endured a cyber attack which temporarily knocked out service at the company's websites Boliga.dk, Itvang.dk, Tvangsauktioner.dk and Selvsalg.dk.

While LeBonCoin's issue appears to have been self-inflicted, Boliga's breach appears to have been brought on by a nefarious outside party using a ransomware attack. Thankfully for the portal's users, no personal information was accessed and the company's tech team had the situation under control quickly.

Boliga announced to users that it had been attacked via an email sent out on Friday the 22nd with CEO Carsten Rysgaard saying the company needed to be sure what had happened before communicating.

“We wanted to ensure that we had the most accurate and comprehensive understanding of the situation before we announced anything. Unfortunately, this took some time due to the complexity of the attack.”

March 26, 2024
Since March 2020 Edmund's job has been to read about, write about, collect data on, analyse and generally know about real estate marketplaces and the companies that run them. Before that he worked at the aggregator Mitula Group (which became Lifull Connect) for five years.

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