220K+ records of Jammu & Kashmir residents allegedly leaked on Darkweb

Dark web is engulfed in controversies as it is a hotbed for threat actors to disseminate stolen information as it hosts multiple forums and marketplaces where these actors leak and sell information procured illegally through data breaches.

In December 2020, 100GB+ India focused data was leaked. More recently, 200 million+ records of Chinese citizens was for sale on the darkweb.

Presently, the list of major data breaches is endless

Recently, our research team at Cyble found a post in the cyber-crime market where a threat actor claimed to be in possession of more than 220k+ unique records of Jammu and Kashmir residents on a cybercrime forum.

Screenshot of the post

As per the analysis, the leaked data contains personally identifiable information (PII) fields –

(1) Name

(2) Gender

(3) Mobile Number

(4) Email Id

(5) Residential Address

(6) Date of Birth.

The Cyble Research team is engaged in continuous monitoring of the Dark and Deep web to collect information on any data breaches. Cyble has been reporting these data leaks to aware individuals of the risks associated with using online services.

People who are concerned about their information exposure can register on Cyble’s data breach monitoring and notification platform, AmiBreached.com, to ascertain the risks at no cost. Also, Android users (Link) and iOS users (Link) can gain full access to it just by downloading the mobile application.

Here are a few ways to prevent cyber-attacks:

  • Never click on unverified/unidentified links
  • Do not open untrusted email attachments
  • Only download media from sites you trust
  • Never use unfamiliar USBs
  • Use security software and keep it updated
  • Backup your data periodically
  • Keep passwords unique and unpredictable
  • Keep Software and Systems up to date
  • Train employees on Cyber Security
  • Set up Firewall for your internet
  • Take a Cyber Security assessment
  • Update passwords regularly

About Cyble

Cyble is a global threat intelligence SaaS provider that helps enterprises protect themselves from cybercrimes and exposure in the darkweb. Cyble’s prime focus is to provide organizations with real-time visibility into their digital risk footprint. Backed by Y Combinator as part of the 2021 winter cohort, Cyble has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 20 Best Cybersecurity Startups To Watch In 2020. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, and with offices in Australia, Singapore, and India, Cyble has a global presence. To learn more about Cyble, visit www.cyble.com

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