CoWIN Data Hacked? Government Refutes Claims

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India, 11 June 2021: There here 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).

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Dr R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN) has 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.”

A top ministry official told Punekarnews.in that no such data leak has happened.”If a data leak has happened,the hackers should make the data public”, he said.

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