Data of 6 lac customers of HDFC Bank leaked by hackers

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One of the largest private sector banks in India, HDFC Bank, has allegedly fallen victim to a data breach. A user on a well known underground hacker forum has posted 7.5GB of HDFC Bank data for download. There is no payment required to download the data, which means the hacker is not really selling the data; in fact, he is giving it away for free.

The criminals explained that the hack was allegedly obtained just recently, in early March 2023, and contains data from May 2022 to March 2023.

The hackers claim that the data contains extremely sensitive information on client accounts, such as full name, date of birth, phone number, email address, physical address, employment information, credit scores, loan information, and more.

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Background

The hackers who posted this leak were in the past also responsible for other high-profile leaks that turned out to be genuine, such as the recent data leak affecting the US-based Bank of America.

What HDFC said?

“We wish to state that there is no data leak at HDFC Bank and our systems have not been breached or accessed in any unauthorised manner. We remain confident of our systems. However we treat the matter of our customers data security with utmost seriousness and we continue to monitor bank systems and the ecosystem to ensure the highest standards of data security and safety.”

About HDFC

HDFC Bank was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mumbai. The bank has a network of over 1,000 branches in India and overseas. The hacker writes about HDFC Bank, “It is India’s largest private sector bank by assets and world’s 10th largest bank by market capitalisation as of April 2021. It is the third largest company by market capitalisation of $127.16 billion on the Indian stock exchanges. It is also the fifteenth largest employer in India with nearly 150,000 employees.”

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