Mobikwik’s Data Leak

There is inconclusive evidence, but netizens and independent researchers have claimed that data of more than 100 million users of Mobikwik are on sale on a hackers forum. The leaked data contains private data like Aadhar card, credit card and mobile phone numbers linked to Mobikwik’s wallet.

The claim was first made by an independent security researcher named Rajshekhar Rajaharia in early March this year, who has previously highlighted other data leaks. However, Mobikwik has denied all the claims and officially said that all their data are safe and secured.

As shown by Rajaharia, the data can be accessed by a link using Tor browser. Rajaharia has shared the link, and many users have taken to Twitter to share their data like credit cards and debit cards. Rajaharia has also got support from French cybersecurity expert Elliot Anderson and Australian web security researcher Troy Hunt.

Mobikwik has also assured that they are currently investigating to trace any leakage and has been unsuccessful so far. So Mobikwik has stood by its claims and reported that the users might have uploaded the data at different platforms, and there is no evidence that the leakage has been from Mobikwik’s database.

The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) is not happy with the initial response of the company. RBI demanded an immediate probe into this matter and warned the company that it would face fines if lapses are found.

The digital payments firm, Mobikwik is not the only firm where data is leaked. Lately, data breaches and data leaks have become quite common in the country. This is evident because the entire leaked database from Mobikwik was available on online platforms for sale at 1.5 bitcoin or $86,000. Hackers hack data only to sell and earn money, and many firms need this data to hack the bank accounts of the public. This is a dark side of the cyber world, and hence, it is essential for India to develop a robust cybersecurity plan so that further leakages do not occur.

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Written by – Himadri Paul

TWITTER ACCOUNTS GOT HACKED : BITCOIN SCAM

On Wednesday, 15th July 2020 around 4:00 PM dozens of prominent personalities’ twitter account in America was hacked including – Joseph R. Biden Jr., ex-president Barak Obama ,Kanye West, Bill Gates and Elon Musk 

Not only this but also the same message was posted on twitter “send bitcoin and famous people will send back double your money.” Initially, the hacker attacked the prominent cryptocurrency leaders and many  companies but as soon as list came up the hackers main target were people from Hollywood industries, politics  and other famous personalities.

For prevention, twitter has deleted the bitcoin message from many accounts but after deleting the message is still been posted again and again through this practice hacker and is symbolizing Twitter as powerless and in no control of their app. For a few hours, Twitter has shut down some of their services due to which verified users will not be able to tweet.

Twitter posted a tweet saying “you will unable to tweet or reset the password while we review and address the incident.” They also informed the users that at 8:30 PM they will able to use all the services of Twitter.

Twitter’s spokesman also acknowledged “We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they have accessed.” Moreover, he also added “we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal system and tools while we are investigation is ongoing” 

The chief executive of Twitter – Joe Biden on Wednesday night posted on twitter “tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happen.” 

One of the culprit behind this hacking is speculated to be North Korea as they have been shown to possess documents of using Bitcoin in their past history, but according to some this might be acchildish reason for doing so. Also, according to American Intelligence Agency this work is  likely to be of an individual hacker rather than a state. The hacker did not attack on the account of most powerful user ‘President Donald Trump’ and after this incident his account is under special security.

Mr. Stamos said “It could have been much worse. We got lucky that this is what they decide to do with the power” 

According to Mr Stamos, the hacker/hackers have committed some mistake as they sent the same message from every account which makes it easy for them to detect and delete. Also, as they ask money through bitcoin this shows that they are unwilling to use the accounts of prominent personality for the big scam. 

Well, at last, it is very disappointing as Twitter is one of the most used social media platforms and still they do not have proper security which may cause a problem in the future.

                                                      By: Anjali Sharma