London estate agent Foxtons is looking into whether hackers were able to access the account details of more than 9,800 property searchers registered with the site.
A list of email addresses, usernames and passwords of alleged MyFoxtons users was posted on Pastebin and linked to several security sites but has since been removed, although some media reports are saying the list is still available from other sources.
The list doesn’t directly contain financial information, but access to a MyFoxtons account could allow access to things like home addresses and phone numbers that could provide clues to their financial circumstances.
In an emailed statement to MyFoxtons users, Foxtons said:
It has come to our attention that there were some reports circulating on the internet today suggesting that a small number of user names and passwords to the MyFoxtons web portal were briefly posted to a website. We have been able to download the list of usernames and passwords that were posted and are currently running checks to determine its veracity.