Darknet Displays Users’ Personal InformationEndy Callahan
Experts announce that the darknet found a leak of information through a feature that let the criminals receive the personal information of millions of telegram users.
The data is exposed on the darknet and is now available to individuals who may want to misuse it. Telegram is a messaging application that greatly focuses on privacy.
Nevertheless, the platform has recently suffered a data leak. As a result, it exposed a huge amount of personal data belonging to Telegram fans and made it available on the darknet. The darknet has posted a database that consists of private information of millions of people using Telegram. Now the darknet forum is full of data that cybercriminals can use to gain profits or scam and blackmail people. One of the sites known to the Russian audience reported the news on Tuesday.
Leaks That Harm People’s Lives
What fraudsters and scammers may need is now available to them on the darknet. There they can find user IDs and even phone numbers of those using the application. The mass media outlets do not mention the exact number of people who suffered – all they say is that the file takes up approximately nine hundred megabytes.
The developers of the messenger announced about the leak and said that the criminals collected the information through s special feature that most users agree to build in during the registration process. The representatives assure that the stolen data is outdated and almost eighty-four percent of those entities entered the database two years ago. They also mention that seventy percent of the accounts belong to Iranian users while thirty percent came from Russia.
This is not the first time the application has experienced this sort of issue. There are many other services and platforms that report leaks. Experts admit that many providers are vulnerable and not always capable of making their apps resistant to scam and fraud.
Criminals are getting more and more creative and inventive – they know plenty of ways that can help them fish personal information like phone numbers, full names, and addresses of individuals they might be interested in.
Tracking people’s identities is not a new practice. It’s essential to be cautious and not to install built-in features that may look and feel harmful. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for an average user to detect and prevent such cases. At the same time, developers need to take more serious measures to keep their services less sensitive to hackers and violators.
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