Yandex: Millions of people at risk of data abuse

User data from the Russian search giant Yandex has been abused on the Internet. As a result, millions of people are at risk of potential data misuse.


The recent Yandex data breach has caused quite a stir in the online privacy and cybersecurity communities. On January 29, 2023, it became known that a large amount of data from the Russian search giant Yandex was published on the Internet. The disclosed data contained confidential information about millions of Yandex users – including names, addresses and phone numbers.

Security experts fear that this data could be misused to launch targeted cyber attacks on affected Yandex users. Phishing scams or identity theft could be a possibility, especially given that the company is one of the largest internet companies in Russia and has a large number of users.

The cause of the leak is still being investigated – it is not yet clear who is responsible for the data leak. However, some security researchers point to the possibility of an insider threat, such as a disappointed employee or hackers who managed to gain access to Yandex systems. Either way, the leak underscores the need for companies to take cybersecurity seriously and take steps to protect sensitive user information.

In response to the leak, Yandex issued a statement saying that the company takes the situation very seriously and is working to secure its systems. In addition, Yandex has recommended its users to be careful with suspicious emails or calls, set new passwords and activate two-factor authentication for additional security.

Source: Search Engine Journal