Media reports are doing the rounds of the CoWIN website being hacked . The portal has been used by lakhs of Indians for COVID vaccination campaign and it is possible that the website has been hacked. However, the government on Thursday denied reports of the CoWIN platform being hacked. “There have been some baseless media reports about the hacking of the CoWIN platform. Prima facie, these reports appear to be bogus,” said a statement issued by the Union Health Ministry.
There have been reports that the CoWIN hack has leaked personal data of 150 million registered Indians and put it up for sale. The government, however, is denying the hack and has called the claims fake. “Covin stores all vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment,” said Dr R S Sharma, President, Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC).
CoWIN has been used for checking and booking of COVID vaccination slots in India. To recall, the COVID Vaccine registration opened for everyone over the age of 18 on 28 April. This saw an influx of millions of new users to the CoWIN platform.
Dr R S Sharma said that “No CoWIN data is shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. Data being claimed to be leaked such as the geographic location of the beneficiaries is not collected on CoWIN as well. We’ll update this story when we learn more about the hack.