We must protect this Houzz: Home improvement website discloses breach

Home improvement and design website Houzz has publicly disclosed a data breach after discovering late last year that an unauthorized third party had obtained a file containing user data.

An FAQ page published on Houzz.com today says that the compromised information falls under three categories:

  • Profile information such as names, addresses, countries and descriptions, but only if the user already made this data publicly available.
  • Identifiers and fields intended for internal use that would “have no discernible meaning” to external parties.
  • Public and internal account information, including user IDs, past and present usernames, one-way encrypted passwords (salted uniquely per user), IP addresses, and Facebook IDs (if the user logs on to Houzz via Facebook).

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