BigBasket and the looming spectre of ShinyHunters

Pardon the sombre start, but there’s no other way to put it:

Another month, another data breach.

It’s been five days since Cyble informed the public about the breach at India’s largest online supermarket. The cybersecurity firm found a 15 GB database of BigBasket users on a dark web marketplace. This database had the details of 20 million customers—names, emails, IP and physical addresses, contact numbers, dates of birth, and even OTP hashes. If you’ve ever ordered from BigBasket, you’re part of an information catalogue that’s being sold for nearly Rs 30 lakh, or $40,000.

The BigBasket breach allegedly took …


Roshni P. Nair

Roshni is a features writer and former editor of The Morning Context's Chaos team. Her career spans The Ken, Reuters, the Hindustan Times and DNA. She is a recipient of the UNFPA Laadli award and was shortlisted for the RedInk Awards 2016 for her story on Mumbai’s leprosy colonies. Her far-flung ideas would sometimes drive our editor-in-chief Ashish up the wall, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way (even if he didn’t admit it).