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JustDial data breach – Over 100 million users’ personal information at risk: Read details

This recent data breach was found out by Rajshekhar Rajahari and according to him, over 70 per cent of the data belongs to users who had called JustDial’s customer care number “88888-88888”.

As the world gets more hooked on technology, data breaches and data thefts have become a genuine threat to deal with. In a recent incident, personal data of more than 100 million users of the service called JustDial were exposed online. This breach included important information like names, email ids, gender and even date of birth of users who had availed the service of the hyperlocal search service.

As far as the Indian startup ecosystem is concerned, Fintech startup EarlySalary, travel portal Ixigo, and even food tech and delivery company FreshMenu and Zomato have also reported similar incidents of data breaches and infringements in user information in the past.

This recent data breach was found out by Rajshekhar Rajahari and according to him, over 70 per cent of the data belongs to users who had called JustDial’s customer care number “88888-88888”.

“Even if one would not have used their app or website, if you ever called their customer service, your data may have been leaked,” Rajaharia was quoted as saying. He also said that this breach took place through an older version of JustDial website which was not attended since mid-2015 and hence, there was an issue with the application program interface.

Even after this, the extent of privacy breach is not known and also the number of users affected is unknown.

JustDial released an official statement after this disclosure which read: “The older versions of our apps, which currently cater to only a very small fraction of our users, were using certain APIs by which basis a particular mobile number entered and certain basic user details were accessible (no financial information was accessible). This vulnerability, which existed on the older app platforms, is also now fixed. Newer (current) versions of the app where the majority of users are available do not have the above vulnerability.”

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