Phone number identification app Truecaller has denied allegation of data breach of 4.75 crore Indians, saying the miscreants on dark web have put up old data which was stolen in May last year.
“There has been no breach of our database and all our user information is secure,” the company spokesperson said.
“We were informed about a similar sale of data in May 2019. What they have here is likely the same dataset as before.”
“It’s easy for bad actors to compile multiple phone number databases and put a Truecaller stamp on it. By doing that, it lends some credibility to the data and makes it easier for them to sell,” the spokesperson said
The company urged the users not to fall prey to such bad actors whose primary motive is to swindle the people of their money.
According to a US based cyber intelligence firm details of 4.75 crore Indians is put up on sale for $1000 on the dark web.
The details include phone numbers, names, genders, locations, emails ids and Facebook profile information from Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, North East India, Odisha and Punjab, along with another folder titled ‘Unknown’.
The data leak has been detected by Cyble Inc, a firm founded by global cybersecurity expert Beenu Arora that had unraveled two other leaks earlier this month on the dark web, both affecting Indians.