In a massive data breach, personally identifiable information of 81.5 crore Indians has been up on the dark web for sale, according to areport by US-based cybersecurity firm Resecurity. The stolen data includes Aadhaar and passport details, names, phone numbers, and both temporary and permanent addresses of crores of Indians.
As reported by Resecurity, on October 9, an individual using the pseudonym "pwn0001" made a post on Breach Forums, a darknet crime forum, where they offered access to a dataset containing 81.5 crore records with information related to "Indian Citizen Aadhaar and Passport." When Resecurity reached out to the hacker, they were open to selling the complete Aadhaar and Indian passport dataset for $80,000 (Rs 66,60,000).
Decode spoke to two cybersecurity experts who told us what this could mean.