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Cylance, a cybersecurity company owned by BlackBerry Ltd., suffered a data breach and the stolen data was offered for sale on the notorious hacker forum BreachForums.

The data was first reported on X Inc. by Dark Web Informer on June 7 and is being offered for sale for $750,000 by known BreachForums hacker “Sp1d3r.” The listing on BreachForums is said to include 34 million customer and employee records, as well as personally identifiable information, prospect lists, partner lists, and Cylance user lists.

BlackBerry Cylance has since confirmed the data theft and told BleepingComputer that the leaked samples provided by the hacker appear to be old marketing data used by Cylance. “Based on our initial reviews of the data in question, no current Cylance customers are affected and it does not contain confidential information,” a company spokesperson said. “The data in question was accessed from a third-party platform unrelated to BlackBerry and appears to date from 2015 to 2018, which predates BlackBerry’s acquisition of the Cylance product portfolio.”

BlackBerry acquired Cylance in November 2018 for $1.4 billion. Since then, Cylance has continued to operate as a standalone company, although BlackBerry has integrated Cylance features such as CylanceGUARD into BlackBerry products such as BlackBerry AtHoc.

What’s missing from the story is where the data came from. Hacker Sp1d3r also offers hacked data from Advance Auto Parts Inc. on BreachForums, linked to an attack on Snowflake Inc. customers that began in mid-April.

Since Sp1d3r is offering the data, some might conclude that the Cylance data could be linked to Snowflake. However, BlackBerry has denied this and stated that Cylance is not a Snowflake customer.

Jim Routh, chief trust officer at Saviynt Inc., a cloud identity security and management solutions company, told SiliconANGLE that the information about the data breach, “even if accurate, paints a rather ambiguous picture due to the length of time the data has been around.”

“The price is high considering that the email-related data used for marketing purposes is not current,” Routh said. “Given current black market prices for email data, it is unlikely that this data would sell for anywhere near $750,000.”

Photo: BlackBerry Cylance

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