Huge Data Breach: 750M Users’ Info, Including Indians, Exposed On Dark Web

The exposed 1.8TB data contains record of over 750 million users.

This leak, comprising 1.8 terabytes of data from an “Indian Mobile Network Consumer Database,” is reported to contain personal information of 750 million individuals, which includes 85% Indian users.

Data leaks and breaches have become commonplace in the present digital environment, with incidents on the rise. Following the disclosure of the ‘MOAB’ data breach, which purportedly exposed 26 billion records, a recent development involving a new database leak has come to light. This leak, comprising 1.8 terabytes of data from an “Indian Mobile Network Consumer Database,” reportedly contains personal information of 750 million people. This database is now being offered for sale on the dark web

The same was brought to light by the cybersecurity firm CloudSEK. “The magnitude of the data leak cannot be overstated. With the personal information of 750 million individuals exposed, the potential for cyberattack and identity theft is unprecedented. Telecom service providers and the government must validate the data and identify the loophole,” said Sparsh Kulshrestha from CloudSEK.

He added, “This breach underscores the critical need for organizations and individuals to prioritize cybersecurity measures and remain vigilant.”

According to the cybersecurity firm, this huge data breach was found when a bad actor ‘CyboDevil’ listed the data for sale on a dark web platform. The said database contains security-sensitive information like names, mobile numbers, addresses, and Aadhaar details. 85% of the same contains data of Indian users. Plus, the CloudSEK researchers found that the leak affects all major telecom providers.

“The data, available for sale, is compressed to 600GB and uncompressed to 1.8TB, posing significant risks to both individuals and organisations. The threat actor has demanded $3,000 for the entire dataset,” the researchers said.

This leak can potentially lead to financial loss, undue stress, reputational damage, and can lead to a rise in the frequency of cybersecurity attacks, the researchers added.

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