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Recently personal information of more than 18 crore people was made public in a major data leak after said they breached servers of Domino’s. Such data breaches are not new and pose a major risk to sensitive information of netizens.
Israeli cyberintelligence firm Hudson Rock alleged that the hack exposed sensitive customer information such as names, phone numbers, and credit card details were exposed. Alon Gal, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hudson Rock database containing names, phone numbers, emails, addresses, payment details of 18 crore orders and credit card information of 10 lakh users was put on sale by hackers.
“Threat actor claiming to have hacked Domino’s India ( @dominos ) and stealing 13TB worth of data. Information includes 180,000,000 order details containing names, phone numbers, emails, addresses, payment details, and a whopping 1,000,000 credit cards,“ Gal said on Twitter.
“The threat actor is looking for around $550,000 for the database and saying they have plans to build a search portal to enable querying the data,” he added. Gal said the recent Indian large scale breaches was a cause of concern.
A few days back, Air India said it was the subject of a cyber attack in which data such as credit cards, passports and phone numbers of its customers was compromised. The breach has, reportedly, affected around 45 lakh customers registered with the airline between August 26, 2011, and February 3, 2021.
Last month, Upstox, India’s second-largest stockbroker in terms of a number of customers was hit by a cyberattack. Contact data and KYC details of 25 lakh of its customers were compromised. Other websites such as BigBasket, Fresh Menu, Zoomcar and even LinkedIn have faced similar breaches. The frequency of such attacks is increasing at a frightening pace.
Twitter users have shared link to check whether your information is among the compromised database of Domino’s. In order to check whether your email or phone number has been compromised, you can go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if you’re vulnerable.
Password protection: If you find out that you data has been exposed, you should change your password of your email account. If you tend to use the same password across multiple services and platforms, data breach at one service will also make you vulnerable to get hacked at other platforms. It is best to use different passwords for different services. However, its not possible to remember so many passwords so services like LastPass and 1Password come to rescue.
Authentication: Use two-factor authentication wherever possible. All major services such as banking, email and e-commerce websites allow this. A two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of protection to your digital life.
New cards: A data breach makes your credit cards and debit cards vulnerable with the potential to cause harm to your financial details. You can ask your bank to replace your card if you feel your information has been compromised. You can also switch to Unified Payment Interface (UPI) to make payments which does not require you to give your card details on such platforms. You may even opt for virtual cards with a different number with limited funds offered by banks. This card can be used for online transactions.
Hackers can use your information to procure loans. It is best to check your credit report every quarter to see if any new loans have been issued.