If you are a Truecaler user, you have something to worry about. The personal data of millions of Truecaler users, have been posted online and it is available on sale on the dark internet. In the part of the Internet that is notorious for selling illegal goods and information, among other things.
According to an Economic Times investigative statement, lines of personal data that include details such as Truecaler user phone numbers and email addresses are available on sale on private internet forums and on the dark internet. While the personal information of global mobile app users is available at up to 25,000 euros, Indian personal data, which accounts for 60-70 percent of the mobile app ‘s user base of 140 million users, sells for about 2,000 euros.
The first violation was discovered by a company from Sweden. They also found evidence of unauthorized copying of users ‘personal information. In its own investigation, ET found that the data available on sale also contained details regarding the state of residence of users and their mobile service provider, in addition to their personal identifiers.
They also found a very large percentage of data that does not belong to Truecaler.
Truecaler denied all reports of a data breach, saying that the user data of all Truecaler users was secure and secure, including financial data retrieved from its database. For reference, Truecaler also serves as a global contact book, also provides the ability to pay in India via the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
“We want to state that this was not an attack on our database because the data stored on our servers is highly secure. We take the privacy of our users very seriously. During the investigation, we will be adding new protection protocols to prevent any future attempts, “a Truecaler spokesperson said in a statement to the publication.