Vastavam web: In a startling revelation, the personal details of almost 70 lakh Indian debit and credit card users have been leaked on the dark web, most of the details including phone numbers and email addresses, an internet security researcher alerted on 8 December. Security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia said that details like names of the users, employer firms and annual income also seemed to have been leaked. The total size of the leaked database is around 2GB which also reveals the types of accounts and whether these users have switched on mobile alert services or not.
“Since this is financial data, it is very valuable for hackers and scammers as they can use the personal contact details for phishing or other attacks,” he said while sharing a screenshot of some leaked data. What is reassuring is that the report also mentions that no card numbers have been leaked. One can also question the accuracy of the data that has been leaked. Researchers have not been able to verify whether the data of 70 lakh users are genuine or not, however, they have found that some of the details mentioned in many of the fields seem to be accurate. “I think someone sold this data/link on the dark web and later it became public. Financial data is the most expensive data on the Internet,” Rajaharia said.