Data Breach Summary
On March 2, 2023, InsecureWeb discovered a data breach affecting the website dot.gov.tw where Taiwan Tax Registration Information was leaked by Pavlov. The breach was posted on the website HydraMarket and the compromised data was 62.4 mb in size.
Where and How?
The breach was found on a dark web forum and was discovered on hydramarket.co. The hacker was able to gain access to the Taiwan Tax Registration Information and leak it on HydraMarket, a well-known marketplace for buying and selling illegal goods and services.
A Screenshot of the data can be found below:
History of Data Breaches of the Company:
There is no public record of previous data breaches for dot.gov.tw. However, this breach is a reminder that all companies, regardless of size, are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The web site is working with cybersecurity experts to further investigate the incident and is taking steps to strengthen its security measures in order to prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.
Recommendations for Users:
To protect personal information and accounts, users should follow these practical recommendations:
- Change passwords: Users should change their passwords immediately, especially if they have not done so in the past few months. Strong passwords that use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols are recommended.
- Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to user accounts. It requires users to enter a code sent to their phone or email in addition to their password.
- Be cautious of phishing attempts: Users should be wary of any emails or messages that ask for personal information or login credentials. If in doubt, users should contact the company directly to verify the request.
By following these best practices for cybersecurity, individuals can reduce the risk of data breaches and protect their personal information and accounts from cyber threats.
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. InsecureWeb notifies users and enterprises when their data has been found online and helps them mitigate the impact.