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Covin not hacked, data of 150 million Indians safe: Researchers


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New Delhi. After reports of India’s vaccine registration portal Kovin being hacked and a database of 150 million people up for sale, Indian cyber security researchers have now said that the website behind it itself is fake and a bitcoin scam. A hacker group called Dark Leak Market claimed through a tweet that they have a database of around 150 million Indians who have registered themselves on the Kovin portal and are reselling it for $800 as they originally did. Data has not been leaked from.

Independent cyber security researcher Rajasekhar Rajhariya told IANS that the hacking group’s website is fake and they are running a bitcoin scam.

“Kovin has not been hacked because the so called hacking group is listing fake leaks. It is a bitcoin scam and people should not fall prey to these hackers. Kovin data is safe,” Rajhariya told IANS.

Earlier, French security researcher Baptiste Robert aka Elliot Alderson also retweeted the post by Dark Leaks Market, but later deleted it.

So far, more than 237 crore people in India have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

To facilitate access to immunizations for persons with disabilities, the central government this week directed all states and union territories to include Unique Disability Identification (UDID) cards in the list of photo identity documents prescribed for COVID-19 vaccination registration. .

As per the guidance note on CoVin 2.0 released on March 2 this year, seven prescribed photo identity cards were specified and prescribed for verification of the beneficiary before vaccination.

To reduce the errors and subsequent inconveniences in online appointments for vaccination, the government last month introduced a new feature of four-digit security code in the CoVin application. (IANS)

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