Banking and KYC info of lakhs of customers of BuyUcoin, which trades bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies, has allegedly been leaked on the darkish internet. The small print included the names, electronic mail addresses, cell numbers, order info, and deposit historical past of customers, in accordance with a safety researcher. The info dump out there on the darkish Net additionally seems to have financial institution particulars together with financial institution names and account numbers, in addition to know-your-customer (KYC) info that features PAN and passport numbers of the individuals utilizing BuyUcoin platform. The corporate has nevertheless denied the leak and mentioned the surfaced information dump was of some dummy accounts.
Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia informed Devices 360 that he discovered the info dump on the darkish Net earlier this week. It included the main points of greater than three lakh BuyUcoin customers, he mentioned. The Delhi-NCR-based firm claims to have over 3.5 lakh customers in whole.
The researcher mentioned BuyUcoin appeared to have confronted a knowledge breach in September final 12 months that resulted within the newest leak on the dark Web. Alongside person particulars, the info dump included a folder with admin credentials that might be used to entry the server, he famous.
The leaked information might be utilized by dangerous actors to run fraudulent assaults in opposition to people, the researcher mentioned. He additionally added that the info might additionally allow hackers to know the credit score rating of the victims utilizing transaction particulars.
BuyUcoin CEO and Co-founder Shivam Thakral denied the leak. “We want to reiterate the truth that solely dummy information of 200 entries was impacted which was instantly recovered and secured by our automated safety methods,” he informed Devices 360 over electronic mail.
Nonetheless this won’t be right, as an individual whose information was revealed within the information dump got here ahead to Devices 360 and mentioned that their financial institution and KYC particulars have been revealed.
“What if a nasty actor would use any of the leaked person accounts in any unlawful crypto exercise?” requested Rajaharia whereas countering the corporate’s rejection of the info leak. “Who will likely be accountable in such a case? Crypto information leak could grow to be a really severe subject as the info might be utilized in unlawful actions in some ways in such circumstances. It is the corporate’s duty to tell affected customers and defend information as a substitute of creating any false claims.”
Thakral nevertheless denied the leak once more, and responded by saying that it was only a hoax to defame the corporate.
“These individuals who reached out to journalists are mates of hackers, they’re simply displaying our electronic mail IDs are there,” he mentioned. “This does not make sense to me.” However part of the info dump, as seen by Devices 360, contained these particulars for an enormous variety of customers, so it seems to be an actual dump, and hopefully the corporate is investigating the matter.
No bitcoins or another cryptocurrencies seem to have been stolen within the leak. Nonetheless, up to now, there have been cases of cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets getting hacked and bitcoins being stolen.
In April 2020, a hacker exploited a safety flaw in Bisq bitcoin trade and stole more than $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.82 crores) price of cryptocurrency from customers. Binance, one of many main cryptocurrency trade platforms, additionally noticed a data breach in May 2019 wherein hackers have been in a position to steal over $40 million (roughly Rs. 290 crores).
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