Paytm Mall, Paytm’s e-commerce marketplace division, was hacked in 2020. At the time, the company denied any breach and said it had not found any security flaws. Now, Have I Been Pwned, a website that allows Internet users to check if their personal data has been compromised by a data breach, has added to its archive that the personal data of 3.4 million users were compromised. Firefox Monitor has also provided a link where users who have used Paytm Mall in the past can check if their data has been compromised.
Follow details are available on Have I Been Pwned, the personal data of approximately 3.4 million users was compromised in the breach report in 2020. The data includes “unique email addresses along with the name, phone number, gender, date of birth, income level, and previous purchases.”
The details came to light after Troy Hunt, author of Have I Been Pwned, tweeted an old report on the case. He received several responses from his followers confirming the mention of their email and phone number in the Paytm Mall data breach.
How to check whether your data was leaked in the Paytm Mall hack
In order to know whether you are one of the 3.4 million users whose data was leaked and circulated publicly, you can punch in your email and/ or phone number in the link provided by Firefox on Firefox Monitor.
The Firefox Monitor, which warns users if their email address has been exposed in an online data breach, gets information from a Have I Been Pwned. In order to get a detailed account on what occasions have your data been compromised, you can also check out the haveibeenpwned link.
Paytm Mall hack details
In 2020 risk intelligence platform Cyble claimed that Paytm Mall was hacked and cybercriminals asked for a ransom in the form of cryptocurrency, 10 ETH (roughly Rs. 3.12 lakh at that time, Rs. 12.3 lakh as of today). Ethereum price in India on July 27, 12.07 pm is Rs. 1,23,000. The report claimed, “they are receiving the ransom payment from Paytm Mall.”
Paytm said it has not found any security lapses and that all user and company data was safe and secure. “We invest heavily in our data security, as you would expect. We have been investigating the claims of a possible hack and data breach, and haven’t found any security lapses yet. Also, we have a Bug Bounty program, under which we reward responsible disclosure of any security risks. Now, We extensively work with the security research community and safely resolve security anomalies,” a Paytm spokesperson told Gadgets 360 at that time.