19 February 2019
Truecaller has always been a popular app since its day of release. However, the fear of having your data leaked is one which has plagued users for a long time. Unfortunately, that threat may be very real and the fears of many may have been brought to life. Data from this app has been supposedly leaked and sold on private internet fora. This news comes from a cybersecurity analyst which oversees such transactions.
This data being sold includes names, phone numbers and even e-mail addresses. Did you know that Indian users on Truecaller make up roughly 60-70% of the app’s user base? This in itself is being sold for 1.5 lakhs. While that of global users on the dark web is being priced at close to 20 lakhs. Needless to say, reports of this reached Truecaller. Here’s what a representative of Truecaller had to say:
It has been recently brought to our attention that some users have been abusing their accounts… In light of this event, we would like to strongly confirm at this stage that no sensitive user information has been accessed or extracted, especially our users’ financial or payment details.
On reviewing some of the data put up for sale, it was observed that the data contained users state of residence and mobile service provider details. The Swedish company responded by saying that its team of experts are investigating the matter and that the sample data did not match the data in Truecaller’s records.
To be on the safe side, it’s recommended to uninstall the application unless things change. Do you believe this or do you think it’s a well-planned attack against Truecaller? Let us know what your opinion is on this in the comments section below!