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Saturday, 20 January 2018 06:11

OnePlus admits 40,000 card details may have been stolen Featured

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Four days after it denied that the payment checkout page on its website had been compromised, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has completely changed its tune, admitting that it had indeed been attacked and nearly 40,000 users may be affected by the attack.

In a blog post, the company said one of its systems was attacked and a malicious script injected into the code of the payment page to sniff out credit card details as they were being entered.

The fact that a hack may have taken place was brought to light by the British security outfit Fidus Infosecurity on 15 January. As iTWire reported, the firm provided a detailed rundown of the possible avenue of exploitation.

When iTWire contacted OnePlus, the company denied that its systems had been breached.

That statement now seems to have been reversed. In its latest blog post, OnePlus said the malicious script which had been injected into the code of the payment page operated in fits and starts, collecting and transmitting data from the user's browser.

As to who could have been affected, OnePlus said anyone who entered credit card details on its site between mid-November 2017 — no specific date was mentioned — and 11 January 2018 could have had those details stolen.

"Credit card info (card numbers, expiry dates and security codes) entered at oneplus.net during this period may be compromised," the company, adding that users who paid using a saved credit card, those who paid via the credit card via PayPal method and those who paid via PayPal should not be affected.

"We recommend that you check your card statements and report any charges you don’t recognise to your bank. They will help you initiate a chargeback and prevent any financial loss," OnePlus said.

"For inquiries, please get in touch with our support team at https://oneplus.net/support. If you notice any potential system vulnerabilities, please report them to security@oneplus.net. This is a monitored inbox, but please note, we may not be able to respond to all reports."

Fidus Infosecurity has been contacted for its take on the OnePlus backdown.

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Sam Varghese

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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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