Sad News 2.5 million Airtel numbers with Aadhaar details and user data leaked, were discoverable on web

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Millions of Airtel numbers may have been part of a recent leak that reportedly saw telephone numbers alongside personal details like address, city, Aadhaar card number, and gender details being up for sale on the web.

In total hackers allegedly put out details over 2.5 million Airtel users. However, they were claiming that they had details of all Airtel users in India and that they wanted to sell the data.

The hackers even communicated with Airtel security teams and then tried to blackmail the company and extort $3500 in Bitcoins from it.

Exclusive: Millions of Airtel numbers with Aadhaar details and user data likely leaked, were accessible on web

Airtel India claims it did not suffer a data breach and there are inaccuracies in claims made by the hackers.​

A group of hackers going by the online handle of “Red Rabbit Team” is claiming to steal personal and sensitive data belonging to Airtel India or Bharti Airtel, a popular Indian multinational telecommunications services company.

See: Database of 176 million Pakistani mobile phone users sold online

Apparently, hackers are now selling Airtel India’s database for $3500 in BTC and as proof, details of 2.5 million customers have already been leaked on a website operated by the group on the dark web. This was revealed to by Indian cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia earlier today.

What data has been leaked?

As seen by, the leaked data contains the following:

  • City
  • Gender
  • Full names
  • Date of birth
  • Service status
  • Phone numbers
  • House numbers
  • Aadhaar numbers
  • Passport numbers
  • Voter ID number
  • Father/Husband name
  • IMSI (International mobile subscriber identity) numbers.

Hackers claim to upload shell on Airtel’s server

The Red Rabbit Team has shared a screenshot in which the hackers can be seen uploading shell on one of Airtel’s servers.

Shell, in this case, is a malicious script that allows attackers to control the targeted server – essentially a backdoor program, similar in functionality to a trojan for PCs.

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