The servers of Truecaller, a service that claims to be the world’s largest collaborative phone directory, seem to have been hacked by hackers representing Syrian Electronic Army. The hackers managed to get away with seven databases including the main database that represents 450GB of data, Ehacking News reports. Also Read - Top 10 free apps on Google Play store in India in August 2021: Meesho, Instagram, Snapchat, moreAlso Read - Truecaller on Android can now clean up your SMS inbox spam with one tap
The hackers claim to have data of over a million users with their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts. The extent of data theft is unknown at the moment. Truecaller works by users agreeing to share their phonebook with the service that lets Truecaller display the name of the caller if it is not saved in the recipient’s phonebook. It is unclear whether the phonebook database containing names, numbers and other contact details of non-users was accessible to hackers or not. Also Read - COVID-19 Healthcare Directory launched by Truecaller for Android users
We have reached out to Truecaller for confirming the news and will update this post as soon as we hear from them.
UPDATE: Truecaller has issued a statement on the incident. You can read more about it here.