6 October 2020

UPDATE: Chowbus hack contains Canberra information

| Kim Treasure
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Chowbus is a food delivery platform providing Asian food. Orders are placed via an app. Photo: Region Media.

Canberrans who signed up for a new Asian food delivery service launched in the ACT just last week were reassured their personal information was safe after the main Chowbus site was hacked.

Almost half a million accounts have been affected by the security breach, with users receiving an email containing links to restaurants’ and users’ data.

A spokesperson said the Australian arm of Chowbus was unaffected.

“This incident took place in the US,” the spokesperson said in a written statement.

“The Australian server is independent.”

However, despite those assurances, Region Media has now confirmed Canberrans’ information has been hacked.

Users in the US have been advised to try to change their password and freeze their credit cards if possible.

Founded in Chicago in 2016, Chowbus is a food delivery platform specialising in Asian food. Orders are placed via an app.

On 30 September, it announced its first international launch outside of North America, offering delivery services in Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney.

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