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Data of over 49 million Dell customers breached by hackers

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Data of over 49 million Dell customers breached by hackers

Sophisticated scams have recently targeted Dell customers, revealing a troubling breach of sensitive information within the computer giant’s systems. Hackers have stolen the data of over 49 million customers across various countries, including the United States, China, India, Australia, and Canada and are selling it on the Breach Forum.

Over the years, unsuspecting customers have fallen victim to fraudulent calls from individuals claiming to be part of Dell’s support team. What sets these scams apart is the detailed information possessed by the scammers, including the customer’s name, address, service tag number, computer model, and even serial numbers associated with past purchases. This depth of knowledge suggests a breach that goes beyond mere surface data.

Recent revelations have revealed a disturbing incident tied to a breach involving a Dell portal housing a database containing limited customer information.

‘We are currently investigating an incident involving a Dell portal, which contains a database with limited types of customer information related to purchases from Dell. We believe there is not a significant risk to our customers given the type of information involved,” said the Dell notification.

As per the company, hackers accessed the following data:

  • Name
  • Physical address
  • Dell hardware and order information, including service tag, item description, date of order and related warranty information.
Threat actors trying to sell the data on the Breach Forum. | Source: Daily Dark Web

The company also says that the stolen information does not contain financial or payment information, personal information such as email or telephone number, or sensitive customer information. Dell doesn’t seem to consider the home address ‘highly sensitive customer information’.

“Upon identifying the incident, we promptly implemented our incident response procedures, began investigating, took steps to contain the incident and modified law enforcement. We have also engaged a third-party forensics firm to investigate the incident. We will continue to monitor the situation,” mentioned Dell.

While Dell has not disclosed the full extent of the breach, social media posts and reports from sources such as Daily Dark Web indicate that the personal data of up to 49 million individuals who purchased Dell products between 2017 and 2024 may have been compromised.

Currently, the data has been removed from the Breach Forum and the threat actor is likely trying to sell the data via some other method or forum.

The compromised information encompasses a wide array of sensitive data, including names, physical addresses Dell hardware specifics, order details, service tags, item descriptions, order dates, warranty information, serial numbers (including those for monitors), Dell customer numbers, and order numbers.

What makes this breach particularly alarming is the threat actor’s claim that they are the sole possessor of this vast dataset, signalling a potentially massive impact on affected individuals and businesses.

This breach raises serious concerns about the security of customer data within Dell’s systems and sheds light on a longstanding mystery surrounding how scammers acquire information that should be known only to Del land the targeted customer. Despite Dell’s reassurances that there are no clear links between these incidents, questions persist regarding the origin and scope of this data breach, which has facilitated scams targeting Dell clientele for nearly a decade.

Questions are also raised about the company’s efforts to minimise the damage by hiding the information. Dell representatives have been notably reticent, offering only vague statements about the perceived minimal risk to customers. However, given the breadth and depth of the data exposed, cybersecurity experts urge customers to exercise extreme caution and vigilance against potential phishing attempts, unsolicited calls, or fraudulent emails that may exploit the stolen information.

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