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Hacker puts BigBaskets 2 crore customers data on sale for 30 lakh rupees; BigBasket confirms data breach


The festive season in India has begun and even in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, people have been rushing out to get their hands on the best offers in the market.
Amid the festivities, BigBasket (an online grocery store) faced a massive data breach.

The e-commerce store allegedly leaked personal data of its 20 million users (two crore). According to Cyble ( cyber intelligence firm), the leaked data consisted of sensitive information such as customer name, email ID, phone numbers, passwords and much more.
A web hacker got his hands on this data, who then allegedly put it up for sale on the dark web.

Looked like this was one offer, for which neither Bigbasket nor it’s customer asked for!
When the research team of Cyble was on its routine monitoring on the Internet, they came across a database, which was being sold for nearly 30 lakh rupees. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that it belonged to BigBasket and had sensitive information of its customers. The SQL file of 15 GB contained the data of nearly 20 million users with specifics such as OTPs, Pin codes, DOBs, shipping locations, IP addresses and much more.

We revealed the names and the address of the people who have been exposed on the web? said Cyble. The company continued to say that they could not find any financial data of the users; looked like it was safe and the hacker could not access it.
The hacker failed to procure Debit and Credit card details of the users; still the degree of the breach was high? Cyble stated in a blog post.

After this incident BigBasket responded by saying that they learned about this breach a few days ago; their team was assessing the length of the breach and they were prepared to deal with this situation.
Commenting on the data breach, BigBasket in a statement, A few days ago, we learned about a potential data breach at BigBasket and are evaluating the extent of the breach and authenticity of the claim in consultation with cybersecurity experts and finding immediate ways to contain it. We have also lodged a complaint with the Cyber Crime Cell in Bengaluru and intend to pursue this vigorously to bring the culprits to book.

We reached out to the Cyber Crime Cell in Bengaluru and filed a complaint; there is nothing to panic, our team is looking into it? said Bigbasket. 

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COVID-19

Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise

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Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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Politics

After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified

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Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur News

Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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