CoWIN data hacked? Govt terms data breach as ‘Fake’, calls for investigation

The authorities has refuted all claims that India`s vaccine registration portal CoWIN has been hacked and the database of 15 crore individuals is up for sale.

The assertion stated that the federal government`s consideration has been drawn in direction of the information circulating on social media concerning the alleged hacking of the CoWIN system.

“In this connection, we wish to state that CoWIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment. No CoWIN data is shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. The data being claimed as having been leaked such as geo-location of beneficiaries is not even collected at CoWIN. The news prima facie appears to be fake. However, we have asked the Computer Emergency Response Team of MietY to investigate the issue,” it stated.

An internet site referred to as Dark Leak Market was stated to be promoting a database of COVID-19 vaccinated Indian customers with a worth of $800 talked about on the web site, as per the Moneycontrol report. 

The information circulated after a hacker group that goes by the identify of `Dark Leak Market` claimed by way of a tweet that it has the database of about 15 crore Indians who’ve registered themselves on the CoWIN portal, and it reselling the data for $800 since it’s not the “original leakers” of the data.

Meanwhile, unbiased cyber safety researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia informed IANS that the hacking group`s web site is pretend, and it’s operating a Bitcoin rip-off.

“CoWIN is not hacked as the so-called hacking group is listing fake leaks. It is a Bitcoin scam and people should not fall victim to these hackers. The CoWIN data is safe,” Rajaharia informed IANS.

Earlier, French safety researcher Baptiste Robert aka Elliot Alderson had additionally re-tweeted the put up by the `Dark Leak Market`, however later deleted it.

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