The details of 44 million Pakistani mobile subscribers have leaked online this week, ZDNet has learned.
The leak comes after a hacker tried to sell a package containing 115 million Pakistani mobile user records last month for a price of $2.1 million in bitcoin.
ZDNet has obtained copies of both data sets. We received the entire 44 million records released online today, but we also received a sample of 55 million user records that were part of the 115 million data dump. Based on the data sets, we can conclude that the two are the same.
According to our analysis of the leaked files, the data contained both personally-identifiable and telephony-related information. This includes the likes of:
- Customer full names
- Home addresses (city, region, street name)
- National identification (CNIC) numbers
- Mobile phone numbers
- Landline numbers
- Dates of subscription
The data included details for both Pakistani home users and local companies alike.
Details for companies matched public records and public phone numbers listed on companies’ websites. In addition, ZDNet also verified the validity of the leaked data with multiple Pakistani users.