Reliance Jio Hacked, yes guys your heard it right. 2 days before Private data of customers of Jio was compromised through the hacking attack and users information like name, email, activation date, and AAdhar number was showing up.
Company Jio said breach data is “unverified and unsubstantiated claims”, but added that it has informed the government about the incident.
A website magicapk.com went live last night, providing information for every Reliance Jio owner. It has data like names, email IDs, mobile numbers, date of activation of sim card and circle of activation.
Even though the website has been taken down ever since, the data is out there and might pop up on some other website. You could easily search for someone’s data by entering the Jio mobile number. Thankfully Aadhaar number was hidden or blurred, but this means that it can be still be made public.
But many users confirmed their personal data showed up on the website, displaying their names, email addresses and most alarmingly, in some cases, Aadhaar numbers.
In response to the breach, Reliance Jio released a statement, saying that the claims are unverified and that the leaked data appears to be “unauthentic.”
“We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic,” a spokesperson said.
“We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security. Data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement.”
The Jio spokesperson said the company has “informed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken.”
when this breach occurred many people tried it and verified the leak for a few Jio numbers, and the data came out to be accurate for some Jio numbers, but not for all.
Therefore, the data on the website seems to be authentic, but luckily some customers are spared–probably those who have been issued Jio SIM after the breach.
hackers details are still not available. The website which was showing hacked data was hosted by GoDaddy.com and was registered in May 2017, but so far it is not clear who owned the domain.
Also, it is not clear that how the hackers got access to Jio customers details and were it Jio who got hacked or some third-party marketing company with whom the company shared its customer’s data.
Though there is very little victims (especially those who have exposed their Aadhaar number) can do to protect themselves from future attacks. All Jio customers are highly recommended to be alert for the suspicious calls and message who ask for further details or account passwords. No company asks for these details over phone calls or emails.
Victims should also particularly be alert of the Phishing emails, which are usually the next step of cyber criminals after a large-scale hack at any telecoms company. Phishing tricks users into giving up further personal details like passwords.
This episode is a reminder that your data with large organizations is unsafe too unless the company has some strict encryption measures in place. However, even online organizations like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have had data breaches in the past, only to have stronger algorithms in place to tackle hackers.
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