Afternic had a security issue on Thursday, February 12 when a security researcher contacted the company about a potential issue with a Web API.
Afternic claims that no password or credit card information was at risk.
It is well known to GoDaddy, Afternic, partner registrars and to many customers that the Afternic API is simply a mess that maybe works half of the time. It is a big security risk especially because of the domain name Fast-Transfer and But-It-Now (BIN) prices.
The fact that Afternic does not offer two-factor authentication (2FA) is another security risk.
Here is the email some Afternic users received today:
We want to make you aware of a security incident we recently identified.
On Thursday, February 12, a security researcher contacted us about a potential issue with a Web API. We immediately opened an investigation and found a misconfigured server accessible though the API. Using this API, the security researcher crafted a specific request that returned information from other customer accounts.
Through our audits, we identified this specific API call was run against a small segment of our customers’ accounts. Unfortunately, your information may have been viewed using this call, which includes your first name, last name, email address, physical address, telephone number, and your Afternic username. At no point was your password or credit card information at risk.
As soon as we identified the issue, we removed the server from rotation, securing our API infrastructure.
Please monitor for any suspicious communications that may come from third parties through the contact details that were on your Afternic account (e.g. email/telephone number).
We are very sorry this incident happened. Protecting the privacy of our customers is our top priority and we let you down in this instance. Our team is committed to preventing these types of incidents in the future and we’ll always be forthcoming in our communications with you.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Afternic Team