“Jio subscribers are the victims of possibly the biggest data breach in India yet”
Reliance Jio has enjoyed its place in the spotlight even months after launch, but today, it’s in the news for all the wrong reasons. In what might be the biggest data breach in the country, the subscriber details of Jio’s entire customer database of over 120 million users has been leaked online. A website called Magicapk has published the data – which includes names, mobile numbers, email IDs, circles and even the time and date of the SIM activation – available just entering a Jio number. The Aadhaar number though showing up as a field does not display any data. In some cases, the email ID field is also empty.
There are no details regarding the owner of the website, but we know that it was created on May 18th this year.
91mobiles reached out to Reliance Jio regarding the data breach, and here is the official statement we received:
We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic. We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security. Data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement. We have informed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken.
While Jio is claiming that the data displayed on Magicapk is not authentic and that customer details are safe, 91mobiles tried entering several numbers to cross-check, and the website was able to display the data in each instance. However, it does require several refreshes, which might be due to the heavy traffic. We also hit an error of “508 resource limit is reached” quite a few times, which suggests that a lot of people are trying to access the website. Since there’s still very little information available about the data breach, we advise our readers against entering their mobile number with Magicapk.