According to New Skills Academy’s data breach notification email seen by Hackread.com, the number of victims impacted by the breach is yet unknown.
New Skills Academy, a major online learning provider based in Hertford, United Kingdom has suffered a data breach in which account information of its customers has been exposed to unauthorized sources.
According to New Skills Academy’s data breach notification email seen by Hackread.com, the number of victims impacted by the breach is yet unknown. However, the information accessed by threat actors includes:
- Email addresses
- Encrypted passwords (hashing algorithm unknown).
The company maintains that physical addresses or financial data such as credit or debit card records were not accessed in the breach.
“We are writing to inform you of an issue which may involve some of our New Skills Academy customers’ account information,” the company said in its email.
“We have been notified that online education providers have been targeted by sources looking to acquire user data in recent weeks and, upon investigating our own systems, we discovered that some customer account information may have been exposed to unauthorized sources.”
It is worth noting that, according to New Skills Academy, the institution has 800+ courses with 800,000 students. Therefore, if you have registered an account on New Skills Academy, it is advised to change its password without further ado.
You should also change the password for your email and password on any other site in case you are using a similar password.
Now that your login credentials are public, hackers will attempt to sign in to your account. You may also receive phishing emails from hackers therefore you need to be vigilant by not clicking on links sent by anonymous senders.
You can also use VirusTotal to scan malicious files and links. Last but not the least, contact New Skills Academy and inquire about the data breach.