Robinhood Suffers Security Breach Compromising Customer Data

On November 3rd, 2021, Robinhood suffered a serious security incident that saw a third-party gain access to the personal data of customers. Whilst an investigation is underway and the relevant authorities are involved, the breach is the latest in a series of events that have done little for the broker’s reputation.

Seven Million Customers Affected

The breach enabled the unidentified party to obtain a list of email addresses for five million customers and the full names of a further two million users. 310 customers also had their names, dates of birth and their postcodes exposed.

The unauthorised party sought to extort Robinhood – seeking payment after breaking into the company’s infrastructure. Robinhood “promptly” engaged the relevant authorities but failed to disclose whether they complied with the payment request.

Robinhood data breach

The company added: “We believe that no Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or debit card numbers were exposed and that there has been no financial loss to any customers as a result of the incident.”

But whilst Robinhood looks to downplay the severity of the incident in its public statement, the ramifications are serious. Affected users may now fall victim to phishing scams while clients who had extensive details exposed may experience additional security breaches.

Unsurprisingly, shares of Robinhood were down around 3% in after-hours trading on Monday.

About Robinhood

Robinhood was founded in 2013 by two Stanford University students.

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