5oopx, the photo sharing service owned by Visual China Group (VCG), the world's third-largest visual content provider, has posted a security notice on its support site today, revealing that the platform suffered a security breach that exposed user data and profile information.
The breach was discovered by 500px engineers only a few days ago on February 8, but actually happened all the way back on July 5, 2018. The company says all users who signed up on or before that day are affected by the breach which exposed users' first and last names, usernames, email addresses, a hash of their passwords and dates of birth.
If at signing up users decided to provide gender and location information this data will be compromised as well. The good news is that 500px has found no signs of unauthorized entry into any of the affected user accounts. Payment information was not compromised either.
In its announcement 500px says it will upgrade its security measures and examine its source code in order to avoid similar issues in the future. The company is also asking all users to change passwords.