Android is one of the most extensive mobile operating systems in the world. As of 2021, there were over 2.7 billion active Android users.
The breach was the unauthorized leak and sale of Android customers’ data, including names, emails, usernames, countries, payment-related data, randomly generated password strings, and member status and expiration. Investigators later found that the leaked data included device IDs and other personal details.
The breach occurred when a hacker accessed the company VPNs’ internal systems. Soon after the hack, the bad actor posted the stolen details on a well-known hacker’s forum and sold them. The seller is offering buyers packages based on country.
This breach occurred in January 2022.
The breach affects users of Android SuperVPN, ChatVPN, and GeckoVPN. For those unaware, a VPN is a virtual private network that protects and hides IP addresses. VPNs are complicated to hack but not impossible.
The breach affects approximately 21 million Android users. There are steps that the victims can easily take to protect themselves from further fraud, theft, or scams. Credit monitoring is an important investment for breach victims, as it can alert them to the unauthorized use of their cards or other personal information. They can also take a cheaper step, which is keeping track of emails, phone calls, and text messages to avoid becoming phishing scam victims.