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Delhi Police Arrests Bihar Man, Minor In Cowin Portal Data Breach; Govt Assures Data Security

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The Delhi Police Special Cell’s Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations (IFSO) Unit has apprehended an individual, on Thursday, from Bihar in connection with the alleged data breach of the Cowin Portal. The suspect is believed to have shared the compromised data on the messaging platform Telegram. Additionally, a minor has been detained by the Delhi Police Special Cell regarding the suspected breach.

According to Delhi police officials, the arrested individual’s mother is employed as a health worker in Bihar. Further details about the case are currently awaited, as the investigation is ongoing. The detainment of the minor suggests that multiple individuals may be involved in the breach.

In response to the incident, the Parliamentary Committee on Communication and IT convened on June 15 to address concerns about citizens’ data security and privacy. Government officials stated that the leaked data, allegedly collected by bots, originated from various sources. They emphasized that the CoWIN portal was designed to be breach-proof.

The government launched an investigation on June 13 after reports surfaced that personal data of vaccinated individuals, including VVIPs, had been leaked through a Telegram messenger channel. The health ministry denied the validity of claims suggesting that data could be accessed from a Telegram bot without mobile or Aadhaar number verification.


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