According to some reports, the CoWIN portal, which is useful for booking the vaccine slots in India, has been hacked by the hackers. This report further claims that the personal data of more than 150 million Indian users have been leaked by the hackers. This personal data of more than 150 million users is up for sale. Soon after this report, the Indian users started going viral about this issue. However, the Government of India denies any such rubbish claims and called it as fake report. The Health Ministry of India and the Chairman of Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) denies any such report on CoWIN portal being hack. They further added that CoWIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.
Government of India denies any website hack:
After this report went viral, the Indian Government made an official comment stating that there have been some kind of fake report that has been roaming around the media reports on the CoWIN portal being hack. The Government claims these reports to be fake. EGVAC Chairman, R.S. Sharma informed the citizens of India that there is no breach in the CoWIN data.
The Data is not share with any entity outside of the system. He further adds that an attention has been drawn towards the fake news circulating on the social media about the alleged hacking of the vaccination portal. The Chairman confirms that CoWIN platform stores all the vaccine related data in a safe and secure digital environment. Also Read: COVID-19 Vaccine, do not post your COVID-19 vaccine certificate on social media
CoWIN: Vaccination Slot booking website
He further adds that by any chance no CoWIN data is being share with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. On the other hand, the report claims about data being leak and share further to outside entities. This data contains information such as the geo-location of the beneficiaries, there age, sex, vaccination center details and much more. But Government clearly denies for any such leaks. They confirm that not even geo-location of the beneficiaries is being collect by the portal.
To recall, this website is useful for Indian citizen to check and book COVID-19 vaccine slot across the country. Also, keep in mind, there is no CoWIN app available for the users. There is just one portal which is in use to book the vaccine slots. Booking a slot on CoWIN is mandatory for every citizen. Only after booking the slot, they will be allowed to visit the respective COVID Vaccine center for their selected vaccine. Currently, both the Health Ministry of India and the EGVAC are looking into this matter. Currently, the Ministry is getting in touch with the Computer Emergency Response Team of MietY. Also Read: Top 5 Apps to help through the COVID-19 second wave: CoWIN, Aarogya Setu, PayTM