Data being affected online isn’t a surprise in recent years. Every website and service that we put our trust in collects some of our data. However, not every one of those can keep the claimed data secure. Therefore, this kind of dilemma emerged about the cellular networks of Pakistan (most noteworthy Jazz(Mobilink)). According to Rewterz cybersecurity service of Pakistan, the data of 115 million Pakistani people were hacked and sold by a hacker for a price of $2.1 million in 300 Bitcoin last month. The data seems to be listed by a VIP member of a dark web forum which seems to be neatly organized in a CSV file format.
Recently, ZDNet has obtained a data set of 44 million records today from the whole 115 million cached data which included all the personal and telephone-related information. The data seems to include both Pakistani domestic users and local companies. They also claim to verify the leaked data from multiple Pakistani users.
In addition to that, the leaked files seem to have late 2013 data entries which give an indication of either an old backup file or just the part of a breach that might’ve taken place in 2013 and showing up now. The identified data also shows phone numbers of other cellular networks. Consequently, the data seems to be leaked from another organization or agency other than just Jazz.
Anyhow, the situation seems to be under investigation by Pakistani intelligence and telecommunication authorities known as FIA(Federal Investigation Agency) and PTA(Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). They are carrying the investigation from the last month when the whole data set was being sold on a hacker forum.
The leaked data included information of:
It is hard to speculate the real culprit behind the enormous data leak. It also begs the question of strangely not hacking the data of certain people like high profile celebrities, criminals, politicians, or any other audience for that matter. In our opinion, the data we all share with the companies we trust isn’t really secure and safe in a manner. It is highly recommended not to share personal data with the third party unless you really got no choice.