From Elon Musk To Anand Mahindra… Data Of 400 Million Users Is Being Sold On The Internet!

The data of about 40 crore LinkedIn users on the Internet is being sold at a simple price of just Rs.

In today’s era, the Internet has become a market for Personal Data Leak. Here, to use social media, they share their personal information with carelessness, but in reality this data is being traded on the Internet. 

There is such a website on the Internet where easily the data of the world’s eminent people is becoming public. Although we are not mentioning that website in this news keeping in mind not to promote cybercriminals, but a big news has come out regarding the data being sold on this website.

Personal data of these veterans leaked

In an hour-long investigation in the Internet market, it came to light that a website is selling data of more than 400 million alleged users of LinkedIn on the Internet at the rate of Rs 3,000 per month. 

These 400 million people include Tesla CEO and new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s current CEO Parag Agarwal, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narain, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal’s numbers are present.

Apart from this, the website includes personal mobiles of heads of many big multinational companies including former CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, Prabhjit Singh, head of UBER India, Harsh Goenka, chairman of RPG Group, Anand Mahindra, chief of Mahindra Group. Numbers and emails surfaced. This was a never ending list in which there were big CEOs and businessmen from India and abroad.

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Available personal mobile number and e-mail

Linkedin CEO Jeff Weiner and LinkedIn India head Ashutosh Gupta also had mobile numbers and emails in the list of personal mobile numbers and emails. 

Now it was necessary to know whether the mobile numbers and emails being sold on this website are really genuine. In such a situation, our team called the mobile number of Ashutosh Gupta, the head of LinkedIn India, present on the website. 

Picked up the phone and on asking it came to know that the number was actually of Ashutosh Gupta. Even Ashutosh did not know that his number was available on the internet and was being sold.

Numbers are being sold in 3 thousand

The company, which sells mobile numbers and emails of more than 400 million people on the Internet, claims that all the numbers on its website belong to LinkedIn users and this website sells 100 mobile numbers for Rs 3,000 per month. 

At the same time, in this case, Linkedin says that it considers the use of their personal data wrong without the permission of its users and in February this year, Linkedin acquired the Singapore company Mantheos Ptd. Ltd was also booked because this company was misusing the data of millions of users of LinkedIn.

In the past several years, news of LinkedIn users’ data being sold on the darkweb was common and sometimes LinkedIn acknowledged the leakage and sometimes not. But cyber experts are considering the personal mobile number of more than 400 million professional users on the Internet at one place and its sale as a big threat. 

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What do cyber experts say

According to the country’s well-known cyber expert Amit Dubey, selling the data of 40 crore professional people at one place is a big risk. By buying this data, any cyber criminal can earn huge amount by promising jobs to some of these 400 million users because most of the users use platforms like LinkedIn only to find jobs.

According to cyber expert Amit Dubey, officials like big industrialists of the country and abroad and CEOs of big companies need to be more alert because their mobile number and mail is present on the internet and with the help of spoof calling, becoming a big government official or minister. There may also be an attempt to cheat them.

Important advice to internet users

LinkedIn is an American employment oriented online service which currently has more than 83 crore users in 200 countries. There are also more than 7 crore Indians among them. In such a situation, there are 3 advice of experts for you.

  • If you keep getting calls from unknown numbers continuously and you think that your number has been leaked from somewhere, then put those numbers in the block list.
  • If you get a call or mail for a job, first verify it properly, verify it by calling the official number of the institution from which the mail or call has come and then trust it.
  • Do not use your mobile number as password for any account at all.

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