IRCTC website not hacked but Pan & Aadhaar data of 1 crore users still at risk
Local Press Co 5-point Snippet
1. On Thursday, multiple media reports of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) website getting hacked surfaced.
2. With over 22 lakh daily visitors and 3 crore registered users, IRCTC stores personal data of users for verification purposes. Reports claimed that the hacker had gained access and was selling data of 1 crore Pan and Aadhaar card numbers.
3. In the afternoon, however, IRCTC issued a statement claiming their site was not hacked and none of the e-ticketing databases showed any security breach. But it conceded that it was possible that the data that was being sold was indeed from their site.
4. Mumbai Cyber Cell approached IRCTC officials after they came across a large volume of data that was allegedly stolen from it’s website.
5. IRCTC has appointed a 6 member team to check the data and verify if any of it was stolen from it’s site. Till the verification is complete, it is not possible to ascertain if the data is legitimate and indeed stolen from their website.