Truecaller app, widely known for its ability to name the unknown numbers with vast databases and to flag spammers out there. With over 50Cr installs, Truecaller also starts offering UPI payments from the last few months.
Now, A hacker has put on a database of around 4.75 crore Indians on sale on the dark web for just an amount of USD 1,000 (INR 75,000). The US-based cyber intelligence firm Cyble Inc reported the sale that the data contained is of 2019. The records contain phone numbers, city, gender, mobile network, email ids, and Facebook account.
Cyble researchers are progressing with their analysis, but clearly, this leak may have a potential impact on broader users in India such as spams, scams, identity thefts etc. We will update this blog as we get more informationCyble in a Blog Post
Reports suggested that the records contain data from all over the country, while if the location is unknown then the data is named with another Unknown Folder. The very low price of this data hints that the hacker is interested in making a customer base. The data leaked can be used for potential phishing scams and other suspicious activities.
Truecaller denied about the breach, saying that there is no data breach in a talk with Deccan Herald.
There has been no breach of our database and all our user information is secure. We take the privacy of our users and the integrity of our services extremely seriously and we are continuously monitoring for suspicious activities.Truecaller
Meanwhile, Indian central and state cybercrime agencies have started the investigation in this matter reported The Hindu. The investigation can be fruitful to curb any futuristic cybercrimes based on the leaked details.