Personal data leaked by cyber criminals leads to various nefarious activities such as identity thefts, scams, corporate espionage. Criminals use the personal details in the IDs to win trust of people over a phone call for fraudulent activities
OVER 1 lakh scanned copies of Indians’ national IDs, including Aadhaar, PAN card and passport, have been put on dark web for sale, Cyber Intelligence firm Cyble said on Wednesday. The leaked data seems to have originated from a third party and not from the Government system, according to a report by Cyble.
“We came across a non-reputed actor who is currently selling over 1 lakh Indian National IDs on the dark net. With such a low reputation, ideally, we would have skipped this; however, the samples shared by the actor intrigued our interest -- and also the volume. The actor is alleged to have access to over 1 lakh IDs from different places in India,” Cyble said. The personal data leaked by cyber criminals leads to various nefarious activities such as identity thefts, scams, and corporate espionage.
Many criminals use the personal details in the IDs to win trust of the people over a phone call for fraudulent activities. The Cyble researchers acquired around 1,000 IDs from the seller and confirmed that the scanned IDs belong to Indians. “Preliminary analysis suggests that the data originated from a third party, and no indication or artefact is indicating that it came from a Government system. At this point, Cyble researchers are still investigating this further -- we are hoping to share an update soon,” Cyble said.