Security experts at threat intelligence firm Cyble have identified a credible actor selling personal details of approximately 40,000 US citizens.
Security experts at threat intelligence firm Cyble Experts have discovered the availability on the darkweb of personal details of approximately 40,000 US citizens along with their social security numbers (SSNs).
The huge trove of data was discovered by the researchers during their regular Deepweb and Darkweb monitoring activity. The experts came across a post published by a credible actor that claimed to be in possession of a database containing data of US citizens.
The leaked records includes the following details of the USA citizens:
Social Security Number (SSN)
Date of Birth (DOB)
The availability of such kind of data poses a serious risk to the US citizens that could be targeted by crooks in large scale phishing campaigns or financial frauds.
Cyble acquired and indexed the database on its data breach monitoring and notification platform, AmiBreached.com.
People who’re concerned about their information exposure can register on the platform to query it to check if their data have been exposed.
The experts provided the following recommendations to the users:
Never share personal information, including financial information over the phone, email or SMSs
Use strong passwords and enforce multi-factor authentication where possible
Regularly monitor your financial transaction, if you notice any suspicious transaction, contact your bank immediately.
Turn-on automatic software update feature on your computer, mobile and other connected devices where possible and pragmatic
Use a reputed anti-virus and internet security software package on your connected devices including PC, Laptop, Mobile
People who are concerned about their exposure in darkweb can register at AmiBreached.com to ascertain their exposure.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.
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