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Personal data of 2.9 crore Indians leaked on dark web

Personal data of 2.9 crore Indians leaked on dark webPersonal data of 2.9 crore Indians have been leaked online on the dark web, for free
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An online intelligence firm on Saturday confirmed that a major cybercrime had been committed and the personal data of 2.9 crore Indians have been leaked online on the dark web, for free.

New Delhi: An online intelligence firm on Saturday confirmed that a major cybercrime had been committed and the personal data of 2.9 crore Indians have been leaked online on the dark web, for free.

The firm named Cyble in a blog post on Friday wrote: "2.91 crore Indian jobseekers' personal details leaked in deep web for free. We usually see this sort of leaks all the time, but this time, the message header got our attention as it included a lot of personal details where most of the things are generally static such as education, address etc."

This firm had recently revealed about the hacking of Facebook and Sequoia-funded Indian education technology firm Unacademy.

This breach includes sharing of sensitive information such as email, phone number, home address, educational qualification, work experience, etc.

The blog post shared a screenshot of the file which is as big as 2.3 GB was posted on one of the hacking forums. "It appears to have originated from a resume aggregator given the sheer volume and detailed information. We will update this article as new information is identified," the blog further stated.

Folders in the name of some of the leading job websites in India also appeared on the screenshot posted by Cyble but the company is independently investigating the source of the leak.

Cybercriminals use such personal information to conduct various criminal activities such as identity thefts, scams, and corporate espionage.

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