Website claims widespread breach of Reliance Jio database, company denies reports

Angelica Greene
July 10, 2017

The website gave out details of users such as name and e-mail IDs, mobile numbers and circle of SIM card activation among others.

Is this Reliance Jio data breach bad for my Aadhaar information? Needless to say, Jio has about 120 million consumers in India, and their personal data could be at risk. Folks at FoneArena have revealed that user data, including their own, has been leaked on a website named magicapk.

In lieu of gathering a greater user base, Jio seems to have compromised with the security of the Jio customers. This 'Jio leak' is been thought to be one of the biggest data breaches in the Indian telecom industry.

On Sunday, tech website FoneArena said that customer data of almost 120 million users had been leaked on an independent website named magicapk. She added the company's subscriber data was safe and maintained with the highest security.

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The company said data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement. However, within a few hours of the leak, the Magicapk website seems to have been suspended and is no longer accessible.

"Data privacy is a joke in India". It is yet to be confirmed if the posted data is true or not. "Corporations should pay more attention to keep their data secure", ethical hacker Kanishk Sajnani said in a statement to PCMag India. The "Aadhaar" number, which works on similar lines as Social Security numbers in the USA, is unique to every citizen and stores critical biometric and demographic data of the user at a centralised database. Jio denies the breach and supposes this data to be unauthentic. The latest such controversy involves the Reliance Jio database having been leaked. There is very little Indian phone and web users can do right now about their privacy, particularly in light of Aadhaar which is nowadays linked to nearly everything and has now become mandatory for even SIM cards. Or just open the UIDAI website, and right on the home page, you'll find Lock/Unlock Biometrics listed under the Aadhaar services tab.

Is there a possibility of misuse of the leaked Jio data?

While the company is refusing the claims and calling it unauthentic, I personally verified the website with more than 20 numbers and the data was proper.

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