Data allegedly stolen from the Reliance Jio systems were available online, It should be the biggest breach of personal data ever in India.
The week starts with the news of another clamorous data breach, personal details of some 120 Million customers of the Indian companyÂ RelianceÂ Jio were exposed. If it will be confirmed, the incident is the biggest breach of personal data ever in India.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, orÂ RelianceÂ Jio, is anÂ LTEÂ mobile network operator in India.Â âIt is a wholly ownedÂ subsidiaryÂ ofÂ Reliance Industries that provides wirelessÂ 4GÂ LTEÂ service network (without 2G/3G based services) and is the only âVoLTE-onlyâ (Voice over LTE) operator in the country which lacks legacy network support ofÂ 2GÂ andÂ 3G, with coverage across all 22Â telecom circlesÂ in India.â
According to the telecom regulatorâs website,Â RelianceÂ Jio had over 112 million users as of April end,
A few hours ago, a website named Magicapk.com went online, offering Reliance Jio customers to search for their identification data by typing in their RelianceÂ Jio number.
The website was hosted by the web hosting company GoDaddy.com and was registered in May 2017, but there is no data related to the owner.
The website is no more accessible, but many customers confirmed that data was authentic. Stolen data includes names, email addresses, mobile numbers, circle-Id, SIM activation date and time, and for some users theÂ Aadhaar numbers.
Reliance Jio released a statement to deny the data beach and saying the leaked data appears to be âinauthentic.â
âWe have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic. We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security,â aÂ JioÂ spokesperson said.Â âWe 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.â
The company has âinformed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken.â
The colleagues at the Hacker NewsÂ verifiedÂ the leaked data for a few Jio numbers. Data is accurate only for some Jio numbers, but not for all.
âTherefore, the data on the website seems to be authentic, but luckily some customers are sparedâprobably those who have been issued Jio SIM after the breach.â states theÂ blog postÂ on THN.
âMobile numbers for other telecom operators in India, such as Vodafone and Airtel, did not work on the website.â
It is still unclear if hackers breached theÂ Reliance Jio systems or if they obtained the data from some third-party marketing company with whom the company shared its customerâs records.
All RelianceÂ Jio customers should be alert for phishing messages or unrequested calls asking for further details about their accounts.