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Breach: Data Of Thousands Of Instacart Customers For Sale On The Dark Web

On the dark web, the personal data of thousands of Instacart customers are on sale for around $2 per person. Buzz Feed reports that the information including “names, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and order histories” are available for sale.


The report also says the breach appears to have affected about 278,531 Instacart accounts. The data also includes email addresses.


Instacart, however, denies a data breach of its systems. The company adds that it is reaching out to those affected and it is investigating the issue.


“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.

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“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,” an Instacart spokesperson told BuzzFeed.


BuzzFeed, however, claims that the data has been on sale since June 2020. It confirms the most recent upload covering 22nd July 2020.


Two affected Instarcart customers confirmed to BuzzFeed that the data on sale is legitimate. They confirmed the last order date and amount matched what appeared on the dark web. They also confirmed that the credit card information belonged to them.


One of the women affected by the data breach contacted Instacart customer support after reading BuzzFeed’s report and was told that the issue was likely with password reuse across other websites or apps. She, however, says that she does not reuse passwords for her logins.


Instacart says breached accounts are temporarily suspended, forcing the customers to update their passwords.


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