There has been a spike in the number of cybertaxes since the coronavirus lockdown began. In another major leak, the personal sensitive information of more than 1 lakh Indians has been leaked. Scanned copies of hundreds of thousands of Indians have been published on the Dark Web, according to researchers at the cyber intelligence agency Siebel on Wednesday.
Among the leaked documents left online are scanned copies of Indian passports, PAN cards and Aadhaar cards. All documents have been sold on the Dark Web by on-the-go hackers.
“We came across an infamous well-known actor who is currently selling more than 1 lakh Indian national IDs in the dark net. We could have avoided such an ideal short-sightedness; but the samples shared with the actor piqued our interest – and also the volume. It has been alleged that there are more than 1 lakh IDs accessed from the place, ”said Sibal.
What is the risk?
Anyone who gains access to leaked documents can use it for bad things like identity theft, scams and corporate intelligence. This valid identification evidence can be used to gain public confidence in the conduct of fraud over the phone or the Internet.
However, researchers have found that the leaked data was not obtained from government systems, but is a third-party source.
“Preliminary analysis shows that the data originated from a third-party source and does not indicate that it came from any government system. At the moment, cybersecurity researchers are looking into it further – we hope to share an update soon.” Said.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time that such a large amount of data on Indians has been leaked on the Dark Web. Siebel recently discovered that the personal details of 4.755 crore Indians obtained from Truickler were sold on the Dark Web. Truickler, however, has denied any breach in its database.
What should you do?
Proper perseverance in sharing personal information with someone can go a long way. People are advised not to share personal information, especially financial statements, by phone, SMS or email. Always monitor your financial transactions and keep an eye out for suspicious transactions. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts, especially online banking credentials.