CoWin hacked reports appear to be false, Centre to investigate | #computerhacking | #hacking

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New Delhi : The CoWin system used for registering people for vaccination against coronavirus is completely safe and secure, the Centre said while claiming reports of it getting hacked appears to be ‘fake’.

However, the matter will be investigated by the authorities to stay extra cautious. It will be checked by the Computer Emergency Response Team, known as the government’s best counter-hacking group under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY).

Announcing the news over false hacking reports, the health ministry notified that the data related to coronavirus vaccine is kept in a safe digital environment.

“There have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake. However, the Health Ministry and the EGVAC are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of MietY,” the government said in the statement.

EGVAC Chairman RS Sharma said CoWIN data is not shared with any entity outside of the system.

“Our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of CoWIN system. In this connection we wish to state that CoWIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment,” Mr Sharma said in the statement.

“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 by CoWIN,” Mr Sharma said.

The registration for coronavirus vaccination can be done via Aarogya Setu and Umang app, even in that case, the user has to login to CoWin portal via the applications.

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