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Mumbai. An American company has claimed that the Aadhaar card and passport related data of 81.5 crore Indians were leaked on the dark web. According to a report by Business Standard, American company Resecurity claims that the Aadhaar and passport related data of 81.5 crore Indians has been leaked on the dark web. American firm's revelation has caused a stir. The leaked information includes name, phone number, address, Aadhaar and passport related information. Not only this, the report said that an attempt was made to sell this data online. The American firm wrote in its post that on October 9, a person named 'pwn0001' shared a post on the Breach forum. It provided information related to Aadhaar and passport of 81.5 crore Indians and tried to sell this data. According to the security report, the person concerned had offered to sell Aadhaar and passport related information for $80,000.
Data stolen from Covid platform ?
According to media reports, the leaked data may be from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) while this body has not yet given any clarification in this regard. The report said that the CBI is investigating the data leak discovered by pwn0001. Notably, the India's biggest data leak has also been reported by a hacker on X Media. Hackers have leaked the private data of over 80 crore Indians which includes name, father's name, phone number, passport number, Aadhaar number and age. So far, there has been no response from the government on this data leak case.
It's not the first time
Earlier, in August, another person named Lucius offered to sell 1.8 terabytes of data on the Breach forum. According to a Brookings report in April 2022, the Comptroller and Auditor General had investigated the UIDAI and found that the authority did not effectively regulate its consumer vendors and protect the security of its data vaults, leading to data leaks by hackers. Even before that, the case of data leak had come to light. In June, the government had launched an investigation after the personal data of vaccinated citizens including VVIPs from the CoWin website was allegedly leaked through a Telegram messenger channel.