EduTech startup WhiteHat Jr said that it had discovered and fixed a“vulnerabilities” in its backend servers that had led to user data, including personally identifiable information, being exposed. The vulnerability has allowed access to a variety of personal data of 280,000 users, mostly students and teachers, to cybercriminals, was reported by an independent security researcher. WhiteHat Jr, the coding platform for kids, hosts its servers on AWS.
WhiteHat Jr founder Karan Bajaj has filed a defamation case against Engineer Pradeep Poonia for infringing trademarks and copyright, defaming and spreading false information about the firm and its founder. Bajaj in the lawsuit, while seeking $2.6 mn in damages, has accused Poonia of making strong accusations such as likening the startup’s marketing tactics to “child sexual abuse.” Demand for WhiteHat Jr one-to-one classes has surged nearly 90% this year.
Edtech start-up WhiteHat Jr is ramping up its women-only teacher base in India, adding about 220 teachers a day; plans to have about 20K educators on its platform by year-end. It presently has over 7K teachers on its platform earning anywhere between Rs 50K to Rs 15L per month. The ongoing ramp-up is to match the growing international user-base. It helps kids from 6-18 years build commercial-ready games, animations, apps online using coding fundamentals.
BYJU’S has announced the acquisition of WhiteHat Jr for $300M all-cash deal. Earlier, it also secured $400M investment from DST Global. WhiteHat Jr is a Mumbai-based ed-tech start-up, popular for its coding platform for 6 – 14 yrs old children. The updated NEP has mandated coding from class 6th onwards. Hence, this investment will definitely benefit BYJU’S – India’s most popular online learning platform. Also, it’d accelerate its US expansion plan.