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A group that uses the name Shiny Hunters appears to have put up a database exfiltrated during a data breach of ASX-listed Nitro Software, a firm that offers a service to create, edit and sign PDFs and digital documents, on the dark web for sale.

It was noticed by security researcher Vinny Troia who pointed out that the group was back with new data for sale.

Nitro, a company that was started in Melbourne, has been insistent that the breach is "an isolated security incident" as stated when it posted a notice to the ASX on 21 October.

However, the cyber security firm Cyble has released details about the incident, which indicate that it was much bigger than has been made out.

Alon Gal, chief technology officer of cyber crime intelligence company Hudson Rock, posted a tweet, saying that the database contained 77 million users.

"The database contains emails and hashed passwords," he added.

iTWire informed Nitro Software about the database being advertised for sale and asked for the company's response. A spokesperson offered the same comment as it had earlier on Thursday, when iTWire asked for its take on various claims made by Cyble.

"Nitro is not in a position to provide further comment while the investigation is ongoing," a spokesperson said.

"We are continuing to communicate with our customers and will provide updates via the Nitro security page as more details become available."

Nitro has its headquarters in San Francisco and also has offices in Dublin and Melbourne.

Cyble's claims about the breach are here and iTWire's previous coverage of the incident is here and here.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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