Company Denies Alleged Sale of Nearly Three Lakhs Instacart Accounts on Dark Web

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The Dark Web is a vast concept, and it seems to hold hundreds of thousands of data from Instacart customers. Many of these are even personal data as a report indicates lately. These data have allegedly being sold illegally on the dark web and are mostly customer names, order histories, credit card numbers and digits, and much more. All of these have reportedly been affecting the customers who are enthusiastic subscribers to the grocery delivery service app.

Due to the sudden hit of COVID-19 pandemic, online delivery services like those from Instacart are in-demand in a substantial amount. But those individuals or groups having bad intentions are actively taking advantage of their popularity and causing damages to their reputation.

Instacart’s data is currently allegedly experiencing data infiltration. This might prove to be a massive loss to the brand.

On Wednesday, exclusive reports from a news outlet have said that the sellers in two web-based stores are now providing information on nearly three lakhs (approximately 279,000) accounts. Many of these details might be duplicated and that they are inappropriate.

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Since April, the customers Instacart have reached millions in the United States and Canada, as the company spokesperson has revealed. However, they ardently deny the claims of the data breach that has come up.

The spokesperson pointed out, “We are not aware of any data breach at this time. We take data protection and privacy very seriously… Outside of the Instacart platform, attackers may target individuals using phishing or credential stuffing techniques. In instances where we believe a customer’s account may have been compromised through an external phishing scam outside of the Instacart platform or other action, we proactively communicate to our customers to auto-force them to update their password.”

Instacart In A Brief

Instacart is an online grocery delivery app and works like any other delivery brand. It lets its customers find over 1,000 products in the stores where they shop. All in all, it is under one roof one-stop platform for the shoppers. It is like visiting multiple stores and 7-Eleven’s all at once. They cater to various locations like Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Austin, Washington, DC, Houston, and many more.

The official website said in a tagline, “Saving money on Instacart is easy. Find exclusive coupons on hundreds of items.” By using the app, the customers can be able to save time and money while doing their grocery shopping.

Extras

Over a previous couple of weeks, Instacart has also found itself massively in the news. For example, the company has reportedly raised in funding $100 million more, thus amounting to $13.8 billion in valuation in total. This additional funding came in over the last month since the company has entered into a deal with the DST Global and the General Catalyst, which is worth $225 million.

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Moreover, Instacart has also found itself facing issues since it has sued the fellow grocery delivery app named as “Cornershop” for the alleged theft and intellectual property copyright issues from its web-based marketplace platform.

Currently, the customers probably believe these news stories. The report said that the information included the shopping data along with email addresses and was uploaded since June until this day.

Simultaneously, Nick Espinosa, who is the head of cybersecurity at Security Fanatics, is saying that these data breaches are legitimate. This cybersecurity firm lead has stated that It is looking recent and authentic.

Source: Tech Times


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