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Govt On CoWin Data Leak: ‘Telegram Bot Was Revealing Details’, Says MoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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Amid reports of alleged breach of data on the CoWIN platform, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday asserted that it does not appear that Cowin app or database has been directly breached, and added that Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) immediately responded and reviewed the matter.

The Minister of State for IT further said the National Data Governance policy has been finalised that will create a common framework of data storage, access and security standards in the country.

“With reference to some alleged Cowin data breaches reported on social media, @IndianCERT has immediately responded and reviewed this,” Chandrasekhar tweeted.

A Telegram Bot was throwing up Cowin app details upon entry of phone numbers, he said.

“The data being accessed by bot from a threat actor database, which seems to have been populated with previously breached/stolen data stolen from past. It does not appear that Cowin app or database has been directly breached,” the minister said clearing the air.

The clarification came after reports earlier in the day suggested CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network) data breach, which reportedly allowed access to certain personal information that an individual gave on the government’s portal for vaccination.


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