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Centre dismisses reports of data leak from CoWIN portal

The Centre on Friday dismissed reports of data leak from Co-WIN application and said that the digital platform is safe and secure.

According to PTI coverage, it was previously reported that the leaked data has been put on sale on Raid Forums website where a cyber criminal claims to have personal data of over 20,000 people.

“The data put on Raid Forums shows name, age, gender, mobile number, address, date and result of Covid-19 report of these people,” the PTI coverage stated.

“Cyber Security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia also tweeted that personally identifiable information (PII) including name and Covid-19 results are made public through a content delivery network (CDN). He said that Google has indexed lakhs of data from the affected system,” it was stated.

Centre responded to queries regarding the data leak in a statement, “There have been several media reports claiming that the data stored in Co-WIN portal has been leaked online. It is clarified that no data has leaked from Co-WIN portal and the entire data of residents is safe and secure on this digital platform.”

The Union Health Ministry in a tweet on Friday said, “Regarding data leak from CoWIN: We are getting the matter examined. However, prima facie it appears that the alleged leak is not related to Co-WIN as we neither collect any information on address or the COVID-19 status of beneficiaries.”

CT Bureau

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