Hacker leaks data of 42,064 Karachiities via retail website

While using the internet at the fastest uninterrupted speeds, we often overlook the danger that surrounds us on the internet. Being on the Internet means that we are constantly handing over personal data and information to mega-corporations to deliver selective advertisements and to hackers who mine and sell this information on the deep web.

A similar incident happened with people living in Karachi when a hacker gained access to the personal data of 42,064 Karachi residents. Stolen from a retail website, this data looked more like an Excel sheet containing information such as names, phone numbers, residential addresses, billing details, and more.

Looking at the class size and data details, one can easily understand that the retail website was that of a big company. This makes it even more dangerous as big brands are usually trusted by users when it comes to hacking.

The information was first leaked by an intelligence analyst named “Zaki Khalid”. Zaki announced that the hacker after recovering user information is now selling it on a deep web forum. Along with his announcement, Zaki also revealed a screenshot of the data that was for sale on the forum.

Redacted for privacy reasons, the data contains sensitive information such as addresses, customer notes and phone numbers. Most of the customers targeted by the data breach live in “upscale” areas of the city, including neighborhoods like DHA and Clifton.

But can this leak of information harm the people concerned? Well, getting your phone number and address from a deep web forum is actually a bad thing, but experts suggest that this data is mostly useless and can best be used by a cheap marketing company. So yes, there is nothing to worry about.

However, what should concern us is the growing number of data breaches in Pakistan. Just recently, a critical amount of SECP (Security Exchange Commission Pakistan) data was leaked by hackers. This data included things like the addresses, phone numbers, and ID card numbers of various CEOs, which is obviously sensitive information.

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Edwin S. Wolfe