A hacker group not too long ago claimed to have accessed the database of about 150 million customers registered on CoWin, an Indian platform used to guide slots for COVID-19 vaccination. As per the stories, hackers claimed to have put up the confidential consumer information on the market. However, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has denied the info breach, stating the stories are pretend.
In response to the info leak claims, the Health Ministry released a quick assertion stating, “there have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake. However, the Union Health Ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY)”.
Talking concerning the claims made round CoWin information breach, DarkTracer, a Twitter account that describes itself as “Darkweb Criminal Intelligence Profiling Investigation Platform” posted a tweet stating “Dark Leak Market on the DarkWeb has posted a post selling information of 150 Million COVID19 Vaccinated People of India”. The screenshot hooked up with the tweet claimed the leaked information included consumer identify, cell quantity, Aadhaar quantity, GPS location and state amongst different data. Dark Leak Market additionally claimed that it’s not the unique leaker of information however a reseller.
[ALERT] Dark Leak Market on the DarkInternet has posted a put up promoting data of 150 Million COVID19 Vaccinated People of India. pic.twitter.com/32Chmcao9W
— DarkTracer : DarkInternet Criminal Intelligence (@darktracer_int) June 10, 2021
However, these claims have been refuted by safety researchers and the Health Ministry. Popular safety researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia took to Twitter to disclaim the claims. Check it out:
[Alert] #CowinPortal Not Hacked!! Some Fake #DarkwebLeakMarket are claiming to promote information of 150 Million COVID19 Vaccinated People of India. It’s utterly pretend. It’s a Bitcoin Scam. Don’t Trust. Check Screenshots. They are itemizing pretend leaks. #Infosec @journoprasoon @ETtech pic.twitter.com/c39IGDT4dz
— Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) June 10, 2021
Dr R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN) additional clarified that “our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of Co-WIN system. In this connection, we wish to state that Co-WIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment. No Co-WIN data is shared with any entity outside the Co-WIN environment. The data being claimed as having been leaked such as geo-location of beneficiaries, is not even collected at Co-WIN.”