New scam? About 2 crore of Indian student data selling online for 299

Confidential student data could be at risk as website claiming to sell student data 2 crore for just Rs 299.

Overdue, we have seen confidential user data sold on the dark web by hackers like Mobikwik, Domino’s and others.

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However, someone is now claiming to sell user data of several million Indian students.

The data is sold on the site ‘studentdatabase.in‘which gives you the option of buying a two crore student database or buying a 100 crore pan-Indian database – each for Rs 399. However, when we tried to click on one of the links, the site displayed a 404 error.

What about the data?

There are several issues with this, to begin with. For starters, we don’t really know how the data was obtained – whether it was hacked through institutions or obtained by other means.

The website claims that the database collected is provided by the students based on their interest in various portals and also has the consent of the students. The site also boasts of having verified the data through various mediums and is perfect for “lead generation and promotional work”.

It’s also crucial to understand that there is a good chance this is all a scam and there may not be any data to offer. We contacted the website pretending to be a professor looking for student data. We will update the copy if there is any further progress.

Also Read: Hackers Entered Old Reddit Database and Recovered Early Users’ Passwords

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Student database on Amazon?

While researching for this study, I came across several tweets on Twitter where student data from several states like Nagaland, Bihar, and others was being sold on Amazon in the form of academic books.

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The captions stated that buyers would receive the Google Drive links from the database. However, when I went to check these messages myself, I couldn’t find them.

A bit more dig on reddit revealed a comment from a user @punsnjabs who said he logged into Amazon and told them about these products, which resulted in their removal from the list as well as the seller’s ban from the platform. There isn’t much evidence for this claim, so I would take that with a grain of salt if I were you.

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