Hackers have accessed the personal information of more than 2 million Pakistani citizens from restaurant software systems and put the data up for sale on the internet.
Hackers stole the personal information of nearly two million Pakistanis from the restaurant software and sold the records online, raising questions about the affected people’s security and privacy.
The photographs that the hackers posted appeared in the advertisement as examples for sale. More than 250 restaurants’ customer databases. The hackers, who claimed to have breached the customer databases of over 250 restaurants, included sensitive information like credit card numbers and mobile phone numbers in their stolen data.
One Bitcoin is worth $27,000, thus the hackers want two Bitcoins, or $54,000, in exchange for the personal information of millions of people. The value in Pakistani rupees is more than Rs 15 million.
As part of their ad for the stolen data, the hackers revealed sample personal information belonging to several Pakistanis. This leaked data exposed detailed transaction histories, revealing payment frequencies and amounts spent at various restaurants. The hackers also listed dozens of targeted restaurants, ranging from small-scale to large businesses.
The breach highlighted the use of restaurant software known as “Indalodge,” which is utilized by numerous restaurants throughout Pakistan.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cybercrime Circle had not received any complaints about the software hacking, as it was discovered that the hackers distributed the stolen details through the dark web, making it more challenging to address the issue of data security and pursue legal action.
It should be noted that on Tuesday, the federal government issued a warning to all financial and information technology institutions, advising them to “refrain from collaboration, installation and use of Indian origin” artificial intelligence (AI) and information and communication technology (ICT) products because they may pose a “constant, concealed and force multiplier threat” to Pakistan’s critical information infrastructure (CII).