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Indian Railways data leak: Information about 30 million passengers for sale on the dark web


Indian Railways was hacked and the data of about 30 million customers was for sale on the dark web. Multiple reports claim that the hacker did not reveal the source of the date but claimed that he had “one of the largest railway databases in India.”
A report by Times Now claims that sample data shared by hackers shows emails and phone numbers of users who have booked tickets on Indian Railways. The reported data contains “userName, email, verifyMobileNumber, unverifiedMobileMumber, gender, mobileNumberVerified, cityId, cityName, stateId, languagePreferences.”
Government emails, travel history leaked
“In the 30 million data, there are a lot of government and important people’s emails,” the hacker is quoted as saying.
In another sample of data, the hacker claimed that there was another endpoint that “reveals all the history of a user’s travel information, including a variety of data such as PNR . Noinvoice pdf – includes all information like passenger name, mobile phone, location, etc. – train number, arrival time, email, phone, passenger gender, nationality and all information of passenger!”
The leaked dataset also contains a number of invoices dated December 31, 2022.
Indian Railway Travel and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) recorded 41.74 million e-ticket bookings and generated revenue of 38.18 billion Indian rupees in the fiscal year 2021-2022, a report said.
AIIMS Cyber ​​attack
This is the second major cyberattack on a government organization in just over a month. On November 23, the servers of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were attacked with ransomware. A case of blackmail and cyber terrorism was registered by the Integrated Intelligence and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police two days later.
The servers were back up and running about two weeks after the attack was reported. The government has announced that the data of tens of thousands of patients has been retrieved.

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