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People at a Robinhood kiosk in New York City in July 2021. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Popular trading app Robinhood said Monday that hackers gained accessed to personal information belonging to millions of its users on Nov. 3, including full names and email addresses.

Details: The trading app said it does not believe any Social Security numbers or financial information was exposed from the security breach, but the details that were disclosed could leave people vulnerable to email and phone scams and identity theft.

  • It said so far it does not believe there has been financial loss to any user from the breach.

How it works: Robinhood said an "unauthorized third party socially engineered" one of its employees to gain access to customer support systems.

  • The hackers were able to obtain a list of email addresses for some five million people that have used the trading app, and full names for a different group of approximately two million people.
  • The third party was also able to access the names, dates of birth and zip codes for least 310 people.
  • After containing the intrusion, Robinhood said the third party demanded an extortion payment.

What they're saying: "As a Safety First company, we owe it to our customers to be transparent and act with integrity," said Robinhood chief security officer Caleb Sima.

  • "Following a diligent review, putting the entire Robinhood community on notice of this incident now is the right thing to do," Sima added.

The big picture: The company said it is still in the process of disclosing the breach to affected users.

  • It is working with law enforcement and a private security company to investigate the intrusion.

Go deeper ... Revealed: How Robinhood harmed millions of its customers

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Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.

Travel bans upend holiday plans amid new virus fears

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Just when it seemed safe to travel overseas again, along comes Omicron.

Why it matters: The emergence of the new coronavirus variant couldn't come at a worse time, just weeks before millions of people are expected to travel for the holidays to reunite with loved ones they've missed during the pandemic.

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Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters

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The emergence of the Omicron COVID variant is turbocharging the push for vaccine boosters, and experts say a booster may soon become a requirement to be considered "fully vaccinated."

Why it matters: Booster uptake has been sluggish so far, and adding a third shot to vaccine mandates would be highly controversial.