boAt data breach exposes personal data of 7.5 million customers: Report


Customer data for over 7.5 million boAt customers has appeared on the dark web, according to Forbes India.

This includes personal details like names, addresses, contact numbers, email IDs, and customer IDs, totaling approximately 2GB of leaked data on a forum.

Data breach on boAt Lifestyle

The breach was claimed by a hacker named ShopifyGUY on April 5, targeting boAt Lifestyle, a maker of audio products and smartwatches. The dumped files contain information on 7,550,000 customers.

Forbes India confirmed the breach by contacting some customers who verified recent purchases of boAt products.

Potential Consequences and Implications

Threat Intelligence Researcher Saumay Srivastava warns of potential social engineering attacks, exploiting personal details to access bank accounts and use credit cards fraudulently.

He further added that such breaches extend beyond personal data loss, leaving individuals vulnerable to financial fraud, phishing, and identity theft.

The hacker’s profile, ShopifyGUY, is relatively new, with this being their only known leak. Authentic data enhances their reputation within the forum community, potentially leading to more data sales in the future.

Rakesh Krishnan, a senior threat analyst at NetEnrich, estimates the data was likely accessed at least a month prior to its forum appearance.

Yash Kadakia, founder of Security Brigade, urges comprehensive investigation and security revamps. However, he anticipates the company may choose to deny the issue.

The data is currently priced at eight credits on some forums, equivalent to two euros, indicating it may soon circulate freely on platforms like Telegram, fueling various scams.

The boAt data breach could result in loss of customer trust, legal consequences, and reputation damage. It highlights the urgent need for companies to implement strict security measures and proactive approaches to protect customer data and minimize risks.