Personal data of 6 lakh Indian users get hacked and sold on bot market by Hackers

Dip R. Sharma

Published: December 09, 2022

According to NordVPN new survey, hackers have sold illegally the digital data of over five million people worldwide, including 6 lakh Indians.

In summary

  • Hackers steal digital data and sell it on the black market.
  • Identity theft is committed by installing malware on the victim's computer.
  • AIIMS Delhi recently suffered a cyber-attack that exposed sensitive data for millions of patients.

  • Private information from at least five million people worldwide, including 6 lakh Indians, was hacked and sold on the bot market. According to reports, nearly 12% of all data sold in bot markets so far belongs to Indian users, making India among the worst countries affected by cyber cyber crime.

    Personal Data Of 6 Lakh Indian Users Get Hacked And Sold On Bot Market By Hackers

    How do Instagram accounts get hacked?

    According to a recent NordVPN study, data from 6 lakh Indians, including login details, cookies, digital biometric data, screenshots, as well as other information, has been sold illegally on the bot market. Hackers were said to have been sold one person's personal information in packets for an average cost of $5.95 (approximately Rs 490).

    NordVPN researchers monitored digital data for four years, beginning with the launch of bot markets in 2018. What exactly is the bot market? In a nutshell, it refers to online markets where hackers sell stolen data. Bot malware is used to target victims and hack their online identity and details.

    The analysis is concerning for India, which has been dealing with serious cyber security issues. Multiple servers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were recently brought down by days-long ransomware attacks. According to reports, the ransomware attack exposed the private information of millions of patients.

    The act of tricking and fooling Instagram users into freely revealing personal information is referred to as social engineering in this context.

    Hackers were using malware to steal victims' private information in order to monetize and sell it via direct use or underground distribution. Malware is installed on the victim's computers in order to access data directly from the device. Malware can take the form of spyware, remote administration malware, or brute-force passwords. Hackers install this malware on victims' computers by visiting infected websites and sending malicious attachments or links via email. Other vulnerabilities used to access victims' information include keyloggers, screen scrapers, spyware, adware, backdoors, and bots.

    How to Protect Your Device Against Malware

    Here are some tips you can use to protect your sensitive data and prevent future malware attacks on your device:

  • When possible, use a non-administrator account. This will keep you from installing unnecessary applications.
  • Always download data from reputable sources and avoid clicking on dubious links.
  • Never click on pop-up windows requesting software downloads.
  • Keep your computer and software up to date, as companies such as Apple and Microsoft release new updates on a regular basis.

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