- Reports surfaced claiming a data breach of 150 million users of the national vaccination portal
- The Health Ministry refutes the reports of CoWIN data breach
- Say, all data stored in a safe and secure digital environment
New Delhi: The Centre took to Twitter via the official handle of Arogya Setu to reach out to the crowd in response to the reports that claimed data breach saying, “out of abundant precaution, the emergency response team of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is investigating the matter.”
A report on 10 June revealed Data Leak Market was selling a database of COVID-19 vaccination in India which included geospatial data of 150 million citizens registered on the portal.
RB Sharma, chairman and the sole security researcher of the Vaccination portal reported that the CoWIN Portal was completely secure and that it suffered no data breach. “Our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about 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 Co-WIN data is shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. The data is 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 MeitY to investigate the issue,” he said.
According to Sharma, the data being posted on the website was fake, inaccurate and a mere Bitcoin scam.