Data Breach Summary
In a disconcerting revelation, AdGuard DNS, a trusted service specializing in ad and tracker blocking via DNS resolution, has found itself ensnared in a data breach. While the exact date of this breach remains undisclosed, InsecureWeb detected it on September 2023. The breach, orchestrated by an entity known as “Ninja Defender,” occurred on September 1, 2023. Shockingly, the stolen data amounted to a mere 228 bytes, primarily comprising email addresses. This compromised information was detected within chat applications, with a specific reference to Telegram.
Where and How?
AdGuard DNS has long been a bulwark for internet users, ensuring an ad-free, secure, and tracker-free online experience through DNS configuration on devices or routers. However, this breach, though small in scale, serves as a stark reminder of the unrelenting cybersecurity threats lurking in the digital sphere.
The pilfered email addresses, despite their seeming insignificance, could potentially be exploited for phishing campaigns or other malicious purposes. Users who rely on AdGuard DNS are urged to exercise heightened vigilance and discernment when dealing with unsolicited emails or encountering any suspicious online activities.
A Screenshot of the data can be found below:
Company Data Breach History
Notably, AdGuard DNS has no prior record of security breaches before this incident. This occurrence underscores the ever-present need for organizations to maintain a proactive stance in safeguarding user data and trust, even when championing online privacy and security.
Recommendations for Personal Data Protection
How Users Can Protect Their Information
To protect their personal information and accounts from being compromised, users should take the following steps:
– Change their passwords frequently, with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
– Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.
– Use unique passwords for each account, to prevent hackers from accessing multiple accounts with the same password.
– Be cautious of suspicious emails or messages, as they may contain phishing links that can compromise their accounts.
– Regularly monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.
What is InsecureWeb?
InsecureWeb is a Dark Web monitoring service that keeps track of recent data breaches and tracks their impact by monitoring the darkest places of the internet.
Our commitment lies in providing top-notch cybersecurity services to our clients. Through continuous monitoring of the dark web and advanced threat detection methodologies, we strive to identify potential breaches promptly, enabling swift response and mitigation efforts. With our state-of-the-art tools and expertise, we prioritize the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our clients’ data.