Security Expert listed the largest data leaks of Russian residents in 2020

Founder of DLBI data leak intelligence service Ashot Hovhannisyan spoke about the most large-scale database leaks in the Russian Federation in the past year.

According to him, one of the most high-profile cases of data leakage in Russia occurred at the end of 2020. In December, a database of more than 100 thousand lines containing personal data of Moscow residents who had recovered from COVID-19 was made publicly available.

In November more than 1.3 million lines of data of Russian Railways Bonus customers appeared on the black market, containing the e-mail address and user ID, an encrypted password, the date of registration and last login, as well as service data.

"In June, there were data leaks from clients of the portal and the Skyeng online school of English, each of which was about 5 million lines and contained the full name, gender, date of birth, phone number, email address and other data," said Mr. Hovhannisyan.

He also recalled that in April there were leaks of 12 million records of Russians who issued microloans in various microfinance organizations in 2017-2019. At the same time, “almost a million lines of data of clients of the loyalty program of the retail chains K-Ruoka and K-Rauta appeared on the Internet, containing their full name, e-mail address, mobile and home phone numbers, gender, date of birth, date of filling out the questionnaire, numbers loyalty cards".

“Finally, the largest leak of nearly 600 million lines of data of customers of the Premium Bonus service, which was discovered in March 2020, containing personal data of customers of the service, was the largest leak this year. It provides loyalty programs to popular cafes and restaurants, for example, Mu-Mu, Jean Jacques, Pizza Empire”, concluded the expert.