Russian Streaming Giant Suffers Major Data Leak Impacting 44M Customers

August 30, 2022


Russian streaming giant START said on Sunday that the personal information of its customers was leaked during a cyberattack. The company did not disclose how many users were affected by the breach. The Russian Telegram channel Information Leaks — which first publicized the incident — reports the 72 GB database contains data on 44 million customers. The leaked information includes usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, IP addresses, users’ countries of registration, subscription start and end dates, and the last login to the service.

START, which sells films and TV shows in more than 174 countries, is one of many Russian companies that have suffered data leaks and hacks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The data breach allegedly affects viewers worldwide, including 24.6 million users from Russia, 2.3 million from Kazakhstan, 2.1 million from China, and 1.7 million from Ukraine.

Incident Date

August 28, 2022



Estimated Cost

72GB of data on 44 Million customers published


Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified