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Business News/ Technology / News/  Big data breach! Security concerns mount as data of 7.5 million BoAt customers compromised: Report

Big data breach! Security concerns mount as data of 7.5 million BoAt customers compromised: Report

Personal data of over 7.5 million boAt Lifestyle customers has been exposed on the dark web, posing a serious threat of financial fraud and identity theft. The breach highlights the dire consequences for companies in terms of lost customer trust and legal repercussions.

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In a disturbing turn of events, personal data belonging to over 7.5 million customers of boAt Lifestyle, a prominent manufacturer of audio products and smartwatches, has reportedly surfaced on the dark web, reported Forbes. 

As per the report from the publication, this breach has been unveiled by a hacker known as ShopifyGUY and he has shocked the cybersecurity landscape. This breach has accessed sensitive data including names, addresses, contact numbers, email IDs, and customer IDs of the customers. The leaked dataset, weighing in at around 2GB, presents a substantial threat to those impacted, leaving them vulnerable to potential financial fraud, phishing attempts, and identity theft.

Moreover, the report confirmed that this breach not only jeopardizes the privacy and security of millions of boAt customers but also underscores the dire consequences for companies in terms of lost customer trust, legal repercussions, and damage to their reputation.

According to Saumay Srivastava, a Threat Intelligence Researcher, the implications of such breaches extend far beyond the immediate loss of personal information, adds the report. Threat actors could exploit this data through sophisticated social engineering attacks, gaining unauthorized access to bank accounts, conducting fraudulent transactions, and misusing credit cards.

Despite the urgency for comprehensive action from boAt Lifestyle, including notifying all affected users, conducting a thorough investigation into the breach's origins, and enhancing security measures, Yash Kadakia, founder of Security Brigade, expressed skepticism about the company's response. Kadakia lamented that, realistically, boAt may opt to deny the breach and move forward, despite the grave implications for its customers.

The availability of the stolen data for a mere two euros on certain forums underscores the severity of the situation. With the potential for the data to circulate freely on platforms like Telegram in the coming days, experts warn of an imminent surge in phone and email scams perpetrated by malicious actors capitalizing on the compromised information.



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Published: 08 Apr 2024, 01:28 PM IST
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